]]>Hot Scam Specifications:
Scam Type: 419 Scam
Fake Names: Mr Robert Taylor, Mr Cosmos Burns
Offer Type: Inheritance Funds
Transfer Amount: 8.7million GBP
Your Commission: 4.35million GBP
Storyline: Releasing inheritated funds from the late “Cosmos Burns” to Next-of-Kin
Scammer Location: Claims to be UK
Scammer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What a hefty commission – 8.7million GBP to be shared between you and the scammer. That is a share of 4.35million GBP!
It appears that the receiver has replied to the scammer, and the latter is asking the him to fill in the form, Sign, and fax it back to them. This is a very risky thing to do. Do not fax them the form with your signature on it, as they can use your signature for identity theft or other illegal purposes. And if the money is illegal, why would you ever risk your identity (signature) in the transaction when it is supposed to be a covert operation?
This is a scam. Do not be greedy, or you will pay a price for the greed and get nothing back in return from the deal.
In the next page, there is another longer email from “Robert Taylor”, with long stories trying to convince the receiver that the deal is genuine. Even if he managed to write a 10-page story, it is still a scam. Why not? Who on earth gets paid thousands of dollars to write several pages of rubbish? Only scammers find the time worthwhile.
From: Robert Taylor [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007
Subject: Application(Call Me)
Thanks a lot for your mail and for agreeing to get involved with me. But I need to be sure that you have a genuine and committed interest in this project. You must agree that in a project of this nature, one can never be too careful. I have been unable to get across to you on the phone. As long as you adhere to my instructions, there will be no risk at your end or mine. You have to always get my consent before you make any move as regards this transaction. You will need a fax number; this is because it is the standard means on correspondence used by banks. The bank has to have every means to contact you.
I am still a banker and people like us are constantly being watched for any fraudulent practices. My sudden wealth will only raise eyebrows. That is why I want my share transferred to the Cayman Islands. I do not believe in taking chances if I have a better way out. As for you, there will be no need for you to leave town after you have received the money. All documents will be made out in your name to prove that you are the rightful heir and next of Kin to late Cosmos Burns. So you need not worry at all. Have it in mind that the most important thing is not just receiving the money. Rather, the most important thing is having it done in accordance with all local and international Banking/financial procedures. That way we do not have any worries in future. When the funds reach your country, your government will definitely deduct tax. But that is okay. It is after the tax deduction that we shall then split the money equally.
I still want an assurance from you of full cooperation and commitment to this project as well as an assurance of the presence of my share of the proceeds, on demand. I do not want a dormant or laidback partner. In this deal, we are working as a team, expectations are high and I don’t want any disappointments along the line.
On my part, I want to assure you, you will have no regrets doing this deal with me, if only you will follow my instructions religiously and respond to issues quickly as they come. For now to commence this transaction, please type out the text below and send it via fax to this number +448701605188. This is for banking services of Kleinwort Benson Private Bank and the text below is a formal application for the release of the money to you.
As soon as you have faxed this letter, kindly let me know. Please do it immediately as time is of essence to us. Also send me a copy to this email address as email attachment. Please give me a call so that we can establish verbal contact and also discuss in detail. My phone number is, +447045746848.
Once again rest assured that I have in my hands what it takes to succeed here and with your cooperation everything will go, as smoothly as clock work and we can both be rich in no time. Thanks as always as I wait to hear from you.
Kleinwort Benson Private Bank
APPLICATION FOR THE RELEASE OF INHERITED FUNDS TO THE NEXT OF KIN OF LATE MR.COSMOS BURNS.
. I, -(your full name)—– SITUATED AT, (your address) NEXT OF KIN TO THE LATE MR.COSMOS BURNS., A CUSTOMER OF YOUR BANK, WHO IS DECEASED, HEREBY DO WISH TO APPLY FOR THE RELEASE TO ME OF AN INHERITED FUND TOTALLING 8.7M (Eight Million, Seven Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling Only) PRESENTLY DEPOSITED IN YOUR BANK.
I WAS NOTIFIED OF THE ABOVE INHERITANCE AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO LATE MR.COSMOS BURNS.THROUGH A PROBATE ORDER OF MADAMUS FROM THE PRIVATE BANKING DEPARTMENT OF YOUR BANK. I REFER YOU TO YOUR PRIVATE BANKING DIVISION FOR PROPER BANK CO-ORRDINATES AND REFERENCES OF LATE MR COSMOS BURNS.I WISH FOR THE FUNDS TO BE TRANSFERED VIA ANY MEANS APPLICABLE I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF THIS APPLICATON IS TREATED IN EARNEST AND GRANTED. PROMPTLY. THANK YOU.
(Your name and sign here)
N.B: INCLUDE ALL YOUR CONTACT DETAILS, THAT IS YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS AND ALSO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES SO THAT THE BANK WILL NOT FIND IT HARD TO CONTACT YOU AT ANY TIME