Few days back I got a connection request on LinkedIn from some “Marc Mauricio” working with an Investment Bank in USA. He asked me to send him an email as he has some business proposal for me and cannot discuss all detail over LinkedIn.
As very often I get requests from people/business entities to get their product/book/company reviewed on my blog. So I contact them back to get more details for their product. So the same way I sent this guy an email to discuss more, and he sent me this email in response.
Here are the excerpts from his email where he mentions his proposal to earn huge sum of money in quick way:
– He was searching someone with the last name (Pandey), and stumbled on my profile.
– He has one client “Peyman Pandey”, who deceased in an earth quake disaster.
– Peyman had a fixed deposit valued at US$ 5,000,000 ($ 5 million), without any nominee (Kin/Heir).
– As my last name matched with “Peyman Pandey” he wants to make me his nominee and get the amount transferred to my bank account.
– As part of the deal we both would share the money equally, 50-50%.
>> Email snapshot:
Well, I would say this email looked very convincing as it mentions the real disaster happened on exact dates with other details. But also it looked suspicious to me as this can’t be practical and there is no easy and legal way to earn quick buck !!!
Thus, before falling prey to such emails, its better to verify by doing simple google/bing search with the keywords mentioned in the email. So a simple online search surfaced lot of online pages/forums where various people were duped by similar emails and proposals. The scammer would ask some random fees that you’ve to pay over wire transfer, some bribe to pay to some officials, etc. Will try to convince you to pay even more to do extra formalities to show that its required to transfer money to your account. Finally disappear with your money and would never respond to your emails and/or phone calls.
>> Read here the full Email:
Hello Mr. Manoj,
Thanks for your mail and kindly permit me to use this medium to introduce myself and services to you. I am from the United States of America, and presently I am working with an Investment Bank here in (WA) as a Chief Financial Officer(CFO), who have held Executive and other Senior Management Positions, which includes but not limited to my experiences in Bank Examination, Inspectorate, Internal Control and Compliance in addition to setting up and direct supervision of Security Group in several countries. I contacted you in regards to an opportunity in my Office. I have been in search of someone with the last name (Pandey), and when I skimmed across your profile, I was extremely motivated to contact you for partnership. I bless God for this beautiful opportunity.
I am the account Officer of One Peyman Pandey, a Foreign Oil Consultant/Contractor with OIL AND NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY, who unfortunately lost his life in the earth quake disaster that happened in the off Coast of Central Chile on the 27th of February 2010 that killed over 800 people. He was in Chile on a business trip and that was how He met his untimely end. Before his death, Peyman had a fixed deposit with my bank valued at US$5,000,000.00 (Five Million US Dollars) in 2009 for 108 calendar months and the due date for the fixed deposit will be on the 28th of February 2017. Peyman’ did not mention any Next of Kin/Heir when the account was opened, and he was not married and no children.
Personally, I have been unsuccessful in locating his relatives for the past years. Following the Banking system, late Peyman will soon be requested to give instructions on what to do about his Funds, if to renew the contract. I know this will happen soon and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that Peyman is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don’t want such to happen. That was why I contacted you. I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank will release the account to you. There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of law.
It is better that we claim the money, than allow the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds equal, 50/50% to both parties, my share will assist me to start my own Company which has been my dream. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the details once I receive your prompt and urgent response strictly through my personal email address.
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