A loyal reader submitted this scam.  Stephen Butt hasn’t come “across a huge some of money belonging to a deceased person”.  He wants to come across your money by charging you advance fees.  Just delete the email and don’t reply.

I am Mr.Stephen Butt, the accounting officer-in charge of the Private investment section of the above named Finance house. I have decided to contact you on a business Transaction that requires confidentiality, Trust and transparency, where both of us have a lot to benefit, during my investigation and auditing in the Accounts section, I came across a huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person. Though I know that contact of this nature will make any one apprehensive and worried, I am assuring you that everything has been taken care of, and you have nothing to fear at all and i would be very glad if you would allow me bring you to a clearer picture of what is on ground, what we intend to do and how we intend to do it.

He died in an air crash along with his wife on the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptianair line boeing 990 with other passengers on board. Are you aware of any investment of considerable value made by such a person with any Private Bankers?Can you establish beyond reasonable doubt your eligibility to assume status of next of kin to the deceased?This enquiry involves a client who shares your surname. It was brought to my knowledge that the aforementioned client died intestate and nominated no next of kin to the title over investments made, we came to know of you via global databse center.The essence of this communication with you is to request that you provide me with information on three key issues.

Are you aware of any relative relation having the same surname, who’s last known, contact address was Brussels, Belgium?Are you aware of any investment of considerable  value
made by such a person with any Private Bankers or can you establish beyond reasonable doubt your eligibility to assume status of next of kin to the deceased.

We cannot release the funds from his account unless someone applies for it or lays claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission and assistance to present you and have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased,so that the funds can be released and transfer to you, as all documentations will be carefully worked out by me for it to be released in your favor as the beneficiary’s next of kin, if not the members of the board of directors will utilise it for their personal ggrandisement. Because after six years as this is the fifth year going it will be called back to the bank treasury as unclaimed bills and shared amongst the directors of the bank, so it is on this note i decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin beneficiary rather than allow the bank directors to share it amongst themselves at the end of the year.

It may interest you to know that I have secured from the probate commission an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries. Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business end eavour by furnishing me with the following information if you are interested. A beneficiary name, in order for me to prepare the documents for transfer in your name.


Direct Telephone and fax numbers for our personal contact and for easy communication between both of us. Upon your acceptance I shall send you my identity for more
confidentiality and trust in each other as i shall trust you not to elope at completion. If this proposal is acceptable by you, please endeavor to contact me immediately.
Do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you, I await your urgent response.