I am plagued every day by emails from various fake organisations around the world claiming I have inherited or won or am entitled to millions of dollars (See my previous rant about spam email) but this one just made me laugh out loud mainly because it claimed I am DEAD.
I am amused and disturbed beyond words that the scammers are now even emailing the dead in the hope of increasing their profits.
These scams all work in the same way and amazingly people still fall for them. The emails always claim you are entitled to a huge sum of money and they invite you to send in various personal details to them in order to claim the fund.
A copy of the email I received is below, there are numerous variations of this that do the rounds, all with the same aim of conning you out of your hard earned cash or stealing your identity.
In this case the email was addressed from Barrister Mark Wilson from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy of email as follows:
U.S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CIVIL DIVISION
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STATION P.O. BOX 14360
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20004
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Greetings My Dear!!!
A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by two gentle men, one of them is an American national and he is MR DAVID DEANE by name while the other person is MR JACK MORGAN by name a CANADIAN national.This gentlemen claimed to be your representative, and this power of attorney stated that you are dead, they brought an account to replace your information’s in other to claim your fund of $2.5 Million USD which it is right now lying DORMANT and UNCLAIMED, below is the new account they have submitted:
QUEZON AVE. DELTA BRANCH
QUEZON CITY, CANADA
ACCOUNT NO. 2984-0008-66
SWIFT CODE. BOPIPHMM
Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of a throat cancer. You are therefore given 24hrs to confirm the truth in this information, If you are still alive, You are to contact us back immediately, Because we work 24 hrs just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiaries inheritance and contract payment. Please you are hereby advice to reconfirm the below information to this honorable office for confirmation to help us serve you better.
Your Full Name……………..
Your Country Address………..
Your Home Address…………..
Tel Or Cell Phone………..
A Copy Of Your ID……………
You are to get back to this office immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24 hrs to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately. Just also be informed that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held responsible of wrong payment.
Barrister Mark Wilson
U.S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CIVIL DIVISION)
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE)
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