October 09, 2006
Ooooh, glorious! At last, an interesting variation upon the 419 scam.
It is, of course, a scam, a fraud. There is no pot of money, no lawyer and if you do get involved you will be asked to provide fees in advance. Bribes, legal costs, insurance, whatever they think you will pay. If you send any money the criminals will simply keep it and nothing will ever be sent to you.
But the interesting bit?
a client who shares the same surname with you
Because, of course, he doesn't actually know what your surname is, because he's sent this email to 50,000 other people as well. One thing I do know, given my own very odd surname, is that there most certainly wasn't anyone who shares it on that flight.
It's a scam, ignore it.
Date: 3rd October, 2006
Letter of Enquiry
My name is Edward Smith Esq. and I write to inquire if you are in anyway related to
a client who shares the same surname with you and was involved in the January 31, 2000 Kenya Airways Airbus A310 that plunges into the Ocean after take-off from Ivory Coast's economic capital of Abidjan and killing 169 passengers on board.
Before this unfortunate incidence, The deceased was my client here in South Africa and he was also a contractor to the Department of Minerals and Energy of South Africa. He was over the years, a major contractor to the Minerals and Energy
Department and in May 1999, My client filed a lawsuit against the Minerals and Energy Department demanding compensation of Nine Million two hundred thousand Dollars ($9.2 million) for breach of contract agreement and I was his Legal Counsel. The lawsuit was awaiting final verdict of the Supreme Court when my client got killed in the ill-fated plane clash in January 2000.
Since the death of my client, I have made frantic effort to trace any member of his family who will come forward and claim his gratuity from the Department of Minerals and Energy of South Africa as the Supreme Court has recently passed rulings in favour of my late client.
I basically contacted you because of the similarity in your family name. Be that as it may, I will be glad if you could create time to respond to this mail ASAP. I am
Currently on holiday in the Netherlands and will be returning back to South Africa in Six weeks.Please send your response to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your time.
Edward Smith, BA, LL B (Hons).
Barrister and Solicitor.
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