A netizen received an email from a “Crown Prince”, who claims to be a Prince John Maduakolam from the African kingdom of Eziama.
According to the email, the prince’s family has run into some difficulty and wants the netizen to help him act as a trustee for a sum of $8.6 million US dollars. By doing so, the netizen was promised 20% of the fund.
In order to initiate the process of becoming a trustee for the fund, the netizen was asked to provide his full name, age, cell phone number and occupation.
This follows a common pattern of phishing email scams that originate from unknown senders.
Read the phishing email below.
I need your help,But before i proceed am Prince John Maduakolam,the son of his Royal Highness King Donates Maduakolam,King 111 of Eziama Kingdom.
My father was arrested two weeks ago by Government of president Muhammadu Buhari,president of federal republic of Nigeria for emblazonment of traditional ruler’s fund .
I am contacting you in confidence and trust that you will not betray me because my father told me yesterday on confidence that he kept $8.6m United states Dollars in one security company in oversea.
My father told me that i should look for a reliable person oversea who will help us to receive the money as all the family members are under house arrest and our movement now are highly restricted and all my father’s local account here have been frozen by the government of president Muhammadu Buhar.
If you are interested to be of help we have agreed to offer you 20& of the total money and the remaining 80% shall be held by you based on trust pending when the embargo shall be lifted from the family.
Confirm your full name
Your full address
your cell phone number
As soon as i hear from you with all the required information we will proceed.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Prince John Maduakolam