Here is an example of a "dormant account" scam. In this one, the English is quite good and to add a layer of deviousness, references an actual website maintained by Swiss bankers referring to dormant accounts owned by victims of the Holocaust:
However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not met personally or had any dealings with you in the past. I must apologize for intruding into your private email address, but I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and immense benefit it will be to you.
I am a legal consultant/broker based in South Africa. I am currently representing some members of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), Switzerland. (ICEP) is charged with the responsibility of finding bank accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War II. For more information check: http://www.dormantaccounts.ch
A dormant account with the sum of Forty Five Million United States Dollars ($45M) as discovered by clients/close associates who are members of (ICEP). The money included accumulated interest. They needed my assistance since the transfer can be made easily with my supervision as an experienced broker. My clients at (ICEP) have confided in me to look for a foreign partner that will help in putting the funds into the banking system and also assist in investing the funds into profitable business ventures for mutual benefits.
Since my clients at the (ICEP), Switzerland have mandated me to look for a foreign partner and that is my aim for contacting you. Please do not despair because I got your email address from a business advertising website on the Internet before making my contact with you. I do not intend to fail my client because I have been a very close associate and legal consultant to them for the past 20 years.
Bear in mind that we also have well-established contacts at the Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) responsible for handling processing of all claims on accounts due to non-Swiss citizens. Whereas, uncomplicated claims will be processed under a "fast track" procedure, which is the procedure, our claims will be put on.
I have also made contacts with the Trust Company responsible for Dormant Account Recovery (DAR) in the United Kingdom and also concluded final arrangements with them to take over the funds by a new beneficiary legally. As an experienced broker and working with top executive members of (ICEP) who are also my close associates, I have all secret details and necessary contacts for claim of the funds without any hitch.
We are willing to offer you as much as 20% of the entire funds and after the transaction has been completed. There is no risk involved in this transaction and all the process of the administrative claims will be legally achieved to transfer the funds in your name as the new beneficiary.
In conclusion, if you are willing and ready to assist us claim the dormant account smoothly, please indicate in your return reply mail to [email protected] or fax number +27-11-5076847 and I will furnish you with more details on how the transaction will be completed including my contact telephone number so that you can call me for questions and clarifications where necessary. We also look forward to doing more deals with you.
Joseph C. Blank
Email: Colin.Warrins at Scamwarners dot com