"Matt" wrote in with an interesting proposition.
I am Dr. Matt Ridley, Former Chairman of Northern Rock.
I have a confidential business Proposition for you.
On June 6, 2003, Colin Morley, 52, a marketing consultant, made a (Fixed) Deposit, valued at US$ 4,000,000.00, (Four Million,US Dollars) in my Bank.Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his employers, that Colin Morley died from the 7 July 2005 London bombings. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless.I therefore made further inquiries and discovered that Mr. Colin Morley did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$4,000,000.00 has carefully been moved out of my bank to a security company in Thailand for safekeeping.No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to British Law, at the expiration of (three) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the British Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you to stand in as the owner of the money. I have deposited the money in a security company in Thailand.I am writing you because I have a big problem with the Bank making me to resign from my appointment as Chairman the Bank, (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7052828.stm) . I cannot operate a foreign account or have an account that is more than one hundred thousand dollars. Because of the problem and I am still under investigation.
I want to present you as the owner of the money in the security company so you can be able to claim it with the help of my attorney. This is simple. I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents which will put you in place as the as the owner of the money.The money will be moved out for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and 30% for you .This condition is negotiable. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Attorney and this will guarantee the successful execution of this deal.
If you are interested, please reply immediately via my email address. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country (Buying of properties like houses, hotels and doing charity works etc).
Please do send me your name and address, your private/mobile telephone or fax number so that we can have a smooth communication.
Awaiting your urgent reply via my email (email@example.com ), (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks and regards.
Dr. Matt Ridley.
Yes, that's a very serious problem you have there. However, not being a blithering idiot, I don't think that I can help you out directly. However may I suggest that you contact someone else? I believe that Tom Kirby may have the combination of inflated income, insatiable greed, and intellectual incompetence that would be ideal for your particular needs.
You'll need to send him an actual letter though, as he still hasn't figured out this whole internet thing. On the other hand, he's probably never heard of your particular type of scam either. Since he has underlings to shield him from such newfangled ideas.
So I suggest typing up your letter on nice stationary, inserting it into a (non-Nigerian) girlie mag with a plain brown wrapper, and sending it to the following address for his consideration:
Tom Kirby, ChairmanJust make sure to tell him (after you get his bank information) that Finecast says thank you. He'll know what it means. ;)
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