Gilbert Smith Version: “West African advanced fee” or “419” Email Scam
This is another version of the Nigerian email scam, now being sent out by ” Gilbert Smith”.
Westpac Banking Corporation,
63 St. Mary Axe
London EC3A 8LE
Having obtained your contact from the internet that you have been doing
all what is necessary to deserve trust, coupled with my deep interest to
invest in your country, I decided to contact and solicit your mutual
assistance at all cost.
I am Mr. Gilbert Smith, Branch Manager, Westpac Banking Corporation
On January 6th 2000, one Mr. Claude Brian Best, an American National,a
consultant/contractor with Gardiner & Theobald,a leading firm of project
and cost management consultants, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit,
valued at £9,500,000.00(Nine Million,Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) for
twelve calender months in my Bank Branch.
Upon Maturity, we 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 contract employers (Gardiner & Theobald) that Mr.
Claude Brian Best died from an automobile accident. On further
investion, it was discovered that he died without making a WILL and all
attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
On further investigations, it was discovered that Late Mr. Claude Brian
Best did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official
documents, including his Bank Deposit paper work here at the Bank.
The total sum, £9,500,000.00 is still in my bank and the interest is
being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one
will ever come forward to claim it.
In accordance with the Federal banking Laws and constitution, at the
expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of
the Government if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim the funds.
Consequently, I shall present you as a foreign partner to stand in as
the next of kin to late Mr. Claude Brian Best so that you and I can
benefit from the fruits of this old man’s labour.
Upon acceptance of this proposal, I shall send to you the Westpac
Banking Corporation “Next of Kin Payment Application Form” as well as
detailed information on how this deal would be transacted.
We shall employ the services of a solicitor for the drafting of the LAST
WILL & TESTAMENT of Late Mr. Claude Brian Best and to obtain all other
relevant papers in your name for the necessary documentations for
payment approval in my bank headquarters in your favour.
The money will be shared in the ratio:
Sixty percent for me, thirty five percent for you and five percent for
any arising contigencies during the course of this transaction.
I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law as I will use my position as
the Bank’s Branch Manager to secure approvals and guarantee the
successful execution of this transaction.
Please be informed that your utmost confidentiality is required. If this
interests you, please reply me immediately via the private email address
below and please include your private telephone number for voice contact
and fax number so I can provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction.
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Mr. Gilbert Smith