Ben Iddo

(Received 6/22/2002 from BEN IDDO [])

Dear Friend,

I am Senior.Ben Iddo, Bank Manager of Zenith Bank,Lagos, Nigeria. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.

On June 6, 1997, a Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr.Barry Kelly made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$26,500,000.00, (Twenty-six Million, five hundred thousand Dollars) in my branch.

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 contract employers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Barry Kelly died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Barry Kelly did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$26,500,000.00 has carefully been moved out of my bank to a security company for safekeeping.

No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as an Foreigner to stand in as the owner of the money I deposited it in a security company in two trunk boxes though the security company does not know the contents of the boxes as I tagged them to be photographic materials for export. I am writing you because I as a public servant (Manager with the bank), i cannot operate a foreign account or have an account that is more than $1m.

I want to present you as the owner of the boxes in the security company so you can be able to claim them 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 boxes.

The money will be moved out for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and 30% for you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Attorney and this will guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

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 etc)

Please do send me your private/mobile telephone fax number so that we can have a smooth communication.

Awaiting your urgent reply via my email.

Thanks and regards.

Senior.Ben Iddo

Bank Manager, Zenith Bank International Plc.

(Sent 6/22/2002)

Dear Mr. Iddo,

Thank goodness for the Internet! Your email message was sent to a close friend who then forwarded it to me. After leaving Nigeria in 1996, I lost track of my father and I'm saddened to learn of his death. Between you and me, I'd bet that it was no "accident". Those oil companies are a slippery bunch (no pun intended).

Anyway, I can't believe he managed to save so much money over the course of the year. He had this habit of emptying the change from his pockets into a large jar each night...who'd have guessed it would add up to $26 million dollars.

I'm sure you are surprised to hear from me as you spent so much time trying to locate my dad's family. I am more than willing to compensate you for your efforts in my family's behalf. Please contact me ASAP at this email address so we can make arrangements for me to claim my rightful inheritance.


Barry Kelly, Jr.

Dear Mr. Iddo,

It's been over a week and I haven't heard anything further about my inheritance. Please respond as soon as possible so I can make arrangements to take posession of my money.


Barry Kelly, Jr.

(Received 7/3/2002) Wow...he wrote back!  He must be really desperate to get someone to take the bait if he's willing to believe that I'm Barry Kelly!  Also note that he's changed his email account.

Dear Friend,

Very sorry for the delay in responding to you. I have been investigating the status with the funds.

Please find conditions for clearance,

1, You must be ready to travel to Amsterdam

2, you will be required to pay demurrage charges on the funds for time frame.

Let me know you position on this matter and we will proceed and respond to my alternative email address

Thank you


(Reply sent 7/6/2002)

Dear Ben,

Why did you sign the message "matins"?

I can travel to Amsterdam as I was already planning a European vacation in the next few weeks. I am currently planning on arriving in Rome on July 10 to meet with the Pope regarding some civil cases pending against me here in the US. I will have a Europass so I can travel to Amsterdam sometime around the 18th of July.

How much are the charges I will be required to pay to claim the inheritance? Do you have a copy of the will or a copy of the bank statement that you can fax to my office before I depart for Europe?

I have web access to my email so I can continue to communicate while in Europe.

Thank you for assisting me!