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#448 by benjamin Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:40 am
A typical next of kin scam.
Some of the red flags are:
the mail address [email protected] is a totally different name - in this case it is someone else's email account that has been compromised.
"We wish to notify you again" - pretending that he has written to you previously.
"you bear the surname identity" - the source of victims is often genealogy websites and forums.
There is no law firm in the UK by the name of RBB Chambers.
From: FROM THE DESK OF JONATHAN ARCHER [mailto: [email protected]]
To: [email protected], @
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 11:40:00 -0700
Subject: THIS IS FOR YOUR ATTENTION



215 Vauxhall Bridge Road,
London, SW1V 1EJ.
Alternative:[email protected]

THIS IS FOR YOUR ATTENTION

We wish to notify you again that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total sum of Four million Six hundred
thousand British Pounds Sterling in the intent of the deceased from RBB
CHAMBERS

We contacted you because you bear the surname identity and therefore can present you as the beneficiary to the inheritance since there is no written will,we request that you kindly forward to us your letter of acceptance your current telephone and fax numbers and a forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents

Yours faithfully,
Jonathan Archer.
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#1220 by dlcooper Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:46 am
Here's a one-size-fits-all variant of standard "next of kin" or "you bear the surname identity" correspondence. So that the scammer can send the same email simultaneously to a large number of potential victims, no actual surname is mentioned.
Received: from 41.205.181.0 ([41.205.181.0])
(SquirrelMail authenticated user [email protected])
by 216.126.65.3 with HTTP
Subject: For your urgent perusal.
From: "J. Adams" <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected]
Importance: High
Return-Path: [email protected]


Dear Sir/madam
We wish to notify you that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total
sum of

Four million Six hundred thousand British Pounds Sterling in the intent of
the

deceased (names now withheld since this is our First letter to you).
We contacted you because you bear the surname identity and therefore can

present you as the beneficiary to the inheritance
since there is no written will.Our legal services aim to provide our private
clients with a complete service. We are happy to prepare wills, set-up and

administer Trusts, carry out the administration of estates and prepare and

administer powers of attorney.All the papers will be processed in your

acceptance. In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly

forward to us your letter of acceptance your current telephone and fax

numbers and a forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at

our High court probate division for the release of this sum of money.

Yours faithfully,

John T. Adams

[email protected]

41.205.181.0 tracks to Nigeria.

I found no DNS records (not even MX) for makewescatter.biz

Never trust a smiling duck.
#1320 by dlcooper Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:13 pm
Here's another variant of the "next of kin" scam. This email appears to have passed through Lebanon.

I do like the way that the undisclosed recipients are addressed as "Your Excellency".

Received: from 80.89.185.253 ([80.89.185.253]) by 207.210.83.87
From: "Mrs. Bridget McIntyre" <[email protected]>
Reply-to: [email protected]
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Re: Urgent Your Excellency
Return-Path: [email protected]



Your Excellency,

I am Mrs. Bridget McIntyre, the Chief Auditor of National Westminster Bank
(NATWEST BANK). I am writing following an opportunity in my office
that will be of immense benefit to both of us.

In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of £20.9million British Pounds
Sterling (Twenty million nine hundred thousand British Pounds) in an account
that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Morris Thompson an
American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines
Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only
daughter.
since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
next of kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because we cannot
release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the
deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter
died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the
knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this
discovery that I and two other officials in this department now
decided to make
business with you and release the money to you as the next of kin or
beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and subsequent disbursement since
nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go back into
Government
treasury as unclaimed bill.

The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money remained after
six years the money will be transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed
funds.

We agreed that 35% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while the
balance will be for me and my colleagues. I will visit your country for the
disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this money gets
into your account. Please be honest to me and trust is our watchword in this
transaction.
Note this transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you
receive this
mail you should contact me by return mail. Please note that all necessary
arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you has been
finalized. We
will discuss much in details when I do receive your response.

Lastly, if you are interested in assisting us in this transaction, kindly
respond to my principal partner Mr. Simon Lee by E-Mail:- {
[email protected] }.
Phone:- +44 704 572 5633
Fax:- +44 707 588 7571

I look forward to your earliest reply
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Bridget McIntyre

PLEASE DO NOT FAIL TO INCLUDE YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER WHILE
REPLYING THIS LETTER FOR EASY COMMUNICATIONS.

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