Personalised 419 Scamming On Skype

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A friend of mine had this "exchange" on Skype a few days ago:

I have tried to reach you on Skype phone, but your line was busy, so I decided to write you this message.  I have been in search of someone with this last  name "[NAME REMOVED]", so when I saw you online, I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am AHMED.S, a Bank Officer here  in U. A. E. I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you now. I am having an important business discussion I wish to share with you which I  believe will interest you, because it is in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from it. 
One Late Michael [NAME REMOVED], a citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank in 2003 for 60 calendar months, valued at US$26,700,000.00 (Twenty Six Million, Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was last 22nd of February 2008.  Sadly Michael was among the death victims in   the May 26 2006 Earthquake disaster in Jawa, Indonesia that killed over 5,000 people.  He was in Indonesia on a business trip and  that was how he met his   end.  My bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his account officer.  Michael did not mention any   Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and he was not married and no children.

Last week my Bank Management requested that Michael should give  instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract.  I know this will  happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the   situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Michael is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal  use, so I  don't want such to happen. That was why when I saw your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to   the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank head quarters will release the account to you. There is no risk involved; the transaction   will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.

It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already.  I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we   share the funds equal, 50/50% to both parties, my share will assist me to start my own company which has been my dream.  Let me know your mind on this and   please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address, 
We can as well discuss this on phone; let me know when you will be available to speak with me on Skype.  Have a nice day and God bless. Anticipating your  communication.

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