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Another scam e-mail

The other day, I received yet another scam e-mail. It arrived via my AR contact address.  This latest e-mail was worthy of a Shakespearean drama.

 

The protagonist's mother dies, when she is only 6 years old.  She is lovingly raised by her father.  Her father, a successful businessman, travels abroad, on a business trip, with his uncle.  While on that trip, he is murdered, the result of a sinister plot that the uncle has master-minded.

Before he succumbs, the father manages to summon his secretary and reveal to him that he has stashed away $15.7 million.  It is in a (security?) box at a leading African Security company.  He instructs the secretary to deposit the funds in his beloved daughter's name.  He then scratches out implicit instructions, to his lawyer.  He takes his last breath, and dies.  CURTAIN...end of ACT I

The daughter, an innocent University student, is now an orphan and homeless.  She is totally on her own.  She does not know who to turn to, for help.  Whom can she trust, who will advise her, who will take care of her, where can she live?  She is depressed and disheartened.

A light dawns.  She knows what to do.  She will scan the members of ActiveRain.  After all, who is more trustworthy than a REALTOR®?  The funds are unimportant.  She will give this person whatever percentage of the money, he wants.  She rushes to her computer to find her victim saviour.  CURTAIN...end of ACT II

ACT III

If anyone is foolish enough to fall for this plot, he (she) will divulge all of his personal information, in order to transfer the funds.  He will end up losing his identity and everything he owns.

After all...it is a Shakespearean tragedy. 

 

 

Marilyn Katz

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Comment balloon 16 commentsMarilyn Katz • May 24 2008 04:28PM

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LOL. This is the one I got earlier this week:

Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 6:46:51 +1000
From: "Mr Patrick Chan" <chanpat5@dodo.com.au>  Add Mobile Alert
Subject: Good Day,
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Good Day,

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Patrick K.W. Chan (Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer) of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an obscured business suggestion for you.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Gen. Abbas Radhi Ismail who was with the Iraqi forces and also businessman made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of (Twenty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars only) in my branch. Upon maturity several notices was sent to him, even during the war which began in 2003. Again after the war has subsided, another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later find out that the General along with his wife and only daughter had been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home.
After further investigation it was also discovered that Gen. Abbas Radhi Ismail did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Twenty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 5 years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Gen. Abbas Radhi Ismail so that you will be able to receive his funds.
MODALITIES:
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. I have an attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Gen. Abbas Radhi Ismail, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also file in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the move of the funds to an account that will be provided by you.
There is no risk involved at all in this matter, as we are going adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue.
Once the funds have been transferred to a nominated bank account we shall then share in the ratio of 70% for me, 30% for you. Should you be interested please send me the following:
1. Full names
2. Private phone/fax
3. Current residential address
and I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below and finally after that I shall provide you with more details of this operation.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Kind Regards
Mr. Patrick Chan.
E-mail: chanw117@yahoo.com.hk

_____________________________________________________________________

~Michelle Molinari

www.featurethisdotdotdot.com

Posted by Michelle Molinari, Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor) over 10 years ago

I was going to say that you have to be more careful nowadays, but I'm not sure that is true. As long as you use your common sense and remember "if it looks to good to be true, it probably is".

Two recent one's I have seen.

1) An African Religious group that the American government supposedly wronged now are allow to buy real property up to , get this, $100 billion, and the US Government picks up the tab. All you have to do is find a home for the person, write a contract, collect your 3% commission and ohh, nearly forgot, give them your bank account details.

I think I'll just take the referral on that one thanks.

2) Is website inquires from my listings, saying that they want to buy the house. How much? Can I sort it out as they are in hiding as they are a repressed family in Turkey. All this was supported with BBC News articles and family photographs. To show my trust and sincerity in not betraying them I should forward my bank account details.

Another referral, this time to the Recycle Bin.

All you can say is that they are going to longer and longer lengths to try and be believable.

Posted by Alan Langstone over 10 years ago

We have come a long way since the Nigerian prince days, and these scams become more creative as AR grows.

Iwonder how many of these scams are actually your neighbors.

Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) over 10 years ago

Michele- Imagine if all that creativity was used for something positive

Alan- "if it looks to good to be true, it probably is".  that sums it up!

David-  I think most of these scams are still routed through Nigeria.  Of course, we don't know where they originate.

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

No, David, our neighbor is a legitimate Nigerian Prince, his Icelandic passport says so.

 

Posted by Alan Langstone over 10 years ago

Alan- LOL Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

I've still had no one contact me for the referral in (1). Strange!

Posted by Alan Langstone over 10 years ago

Alan-  The check is in the mail ;-)

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

WAIT!!!!! Here's one more from this week's mail!

FROM: MISS MARCELIN PATRICK
Abidjan, Cote d'ivoire
West Africa.
                            Dear One,
                                          l am introducing myself am Miss Marceline Patrick, the only Daughter of late Chief and Mrs Patrick, I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction. I got your contact from this site lovest and I want to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country.
 
I have Fourteen million Five hundred thousand united states dollars.USD($14,500,000) to invest in your country, and I will require your assistance in investing this funds profitable venture in your country.l will compensate you with 20% for your efforts in assisting me.
 
Now permit me to ask these few questions: -
 
1. Can I completely trust you?
2. Promise not to sit on my money when reaches your country?
 
Consider this and get back to me immediately through this my private box for further explanation and conversation on how we will proceed. Awaiting your immediate response. Thanks and God bless.
 
Best Regards
Marcelin.

I FEEL SO SPECIAL AND PRIVILEGED! Wherever shall I spend my $2.9 million cut? Thank God, because I really have been eye-balling a PT Cruiser in the used car lot down the street, and I was hoping to lay down a decent down payment.

~michelle

Posted by Michelle Molinari, Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor) over 10 years ago

Hey, how do you now these are scams.  I gave them all my information once and I received my several million dollar commission check...(If you believed me send me you bank account information at once and I'll transfer 20% of what I received) haha.

It's amazing that these scams are still going on.  It makes me wonder how many people have actually provided their personal information to these scammers.

Thanks for sharing your emails Marilyn, Michelle and Alan. I enjoyed reading them.

Bill

Posted by Bill Walker (Bill Walker) over 10 years ago

Bill- Now that you have all those millions to spend, I have this bridge, in Brooklyn..... LOL.

Amazing as it may be, if it's still going on, I guess there are people that fall for it. 

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

I get several every week, most come from some African Nation, however I have had a couple lately from South American Countries.

Posted by Bart Whitmore, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams- Louisville) over 10 years ago

Don't get scammed. Ask your frineds, family, and other agents within your office if the service is valid. Don't blindly go into anything.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Bart-  Most of the scams, I've read or heard about, have come thru Nigeria.  Didn't know they were broadening thier reach, to South America.

Sabrina-  As always, if it sounds too good to be true...it is!!!!

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

Hi Marilyn,

Thank you for your comment on my post today!

Scams are effective because some people are deceived into the lie. 

If people did not respond at all to scammers, then scammers would go out of business.

Posted by Dan Woodworth, Encouraging Communicator (The Connection) over 10 years ago

Dan- In this day and age, with all the publicity about identity theft, it's hard to believe that people still fall for this.  I guess "Hope Springs Eternal." 

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

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