This email arrived in my inbox just now. If anyone else has had one and was in any doubt, it's definitely a scam and to be avoided like C.diff. There are variations in names and the amounts of money, but they are all essentially the same. Please don't get sucked in.
My regards, l am Gumsu Abacha , the daughter of
late Nigeria head of state general Sani Abacha, l got
your contact through a family friend whom l met during
christmas and new year holidays and he gave me your
contact when l was searching for a foreigner that
can help me invest my family fund in abroad hence the
government of my country has insisted in probing my
family's financial resources since the death of my
father,and has also gazetted all our properties.
recently the government had also seized all the known
family's fund in abroad with the assistance of the
lt is only this money US$ 28.000.000.00 (twenty-eight
million dollars) that was deposited in a security
company vault at Lome Republic of Togo that has not
been seized because the fund was deposited as an
African art gallery.the family intend to use this
money for investment purpose to enable the family
start life all over again.
This decesion is taking between me and my mother.
If this proposal is accepted to you, after getting the
money out of the security company vault to your
country, my family has agreed to offer you 30%of the
total sum for your kind assistance you rendered to us.
And in addition you bank the family's own part of the
funds and assist us in investing(with my approval on a
project) as a front for us until the situation
becomes more favourable for us to visit your country
and discuss the way forward.
Please kindly state yourearly response immediately
you rceive this message through this email address or
email@example.com,for more details on the
logistics and modalities.
Thanks and accept my regards.
I did a quick search on Google and came up with an entry in a guestbook which uses the same familial link, escept this time it's supposed to be his widow instead of his daughter, and key facts (how much money is involved and amount of commission for me/you etc) have been changed. The guestbook entry has a lot more detail in it but none of those details can be verified. The guestbook entry begs for discretion (duh, this was a GB, anyone can see it!) but the email did not.