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20.11.11

Another Scam: from John Nicholson

Good Day,

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I must solicit your Confidentiality and assure you that I am contacting you in good faith and this proposal will be of mutual benefit. I am John Nicholson, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr.Mark hereinafter referred to as my client who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country, who died in a car crash with his immediate family in East London on the 5Th of November 2007.

My late client a formal Sub-Comptroller working with Chevron Texaco Oil here in the United Kingdom and had Left behind a deposit of Nine Million Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling only (£9.8million) with a bank. After the death of my client, the finance company contacted me, as his attorney to provide his Next of kin who should inherit his fortune this according to them is their policy in sure circumstances.

Since the death of my client, I have written several letters to the embassy with intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail. I had to inform the finance company about my fruitless effort in locating my late client close relative or His next of kin.

The board of directors of the company just adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within the next 15 official working days or forfeit the money as an abandoned funds. The company had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of the company to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given me. Also I have received official letters in the last two days suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws of the institution.

Well I have reasons very professional and I can use a legal means to present a next of kin of my deceased client. This is legally possible and would be done in accordance with the laws of the land. On this note I decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a similar last name, I was urged to contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the "Trustee" as my late client's family members as to enable you put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my client.

I do sincerely sympathize the death of my client but think it is unprofitable for his funds to be submitted to the government of this country or some financial institution. My aim is to retrieve these funds and let it be claimed by the deceased family Lineage, etc. for this I seek your assistance since I have been unable to locate the relatives for the past 4 years now.

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name giving you the advantage so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you and then both of us can share the money, 30% to me and 60% to you. I know there might be other persons out there with the same surname as my last client, but after a little check my instinct tells me to contact you. Can I trust you on this? I shall assemble all the necessary documents that will be used to back up your claim.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer.

Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this. Please get in touch with me by my alternative email johnnicholsonqc111@hotmail.co.uk for better confidentiality and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further on this transaction. My contact number is +44 70-359-25594. If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you, Thanks for your understanding.

Regards,

John Nicholson.

Speechly Bircham LLP

6 New Street Square

London EC4A 3LX

Tel: +44 70-359-25594

Cell:+44 702-403-3969

Fax: +44 7005-931-278

DX 54 Chancery Lane.

N.B: When calling you dial your country calling code which I think is 011 and my number +44 70-359-25594). That is (011-44 70-359-25594). You can also confirm the code from your service provider.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely a scam! I received the same email and am wondering how I can wast as much of his time a possible ...

Anonymous said...

i recieved this same email and they even used a real realitive of mine!! be very careful!! they are gettimg more and more cunning with these scams!!

This email is directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I am John Nicholson, a solicitor at law. I was the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr. Mark who worked with Chevron Oil here in the United Kingdom. He died in a car crash with his immediate family in East London on the 5th of November 2007.

My late client has a deposit of (£9.8 million) with a Bank here in United Kingdom unclaimed, aI seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name giving you the advantage so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you and then both of us can share the money, 30% to me and 60% to you. I know there might be other persons out there with the same surname as my last client, but after a little check my instinct tells me to contact you. Can I trust you on this? I shall assemble all the necessary documents that will be used to back up your claim.

Please, contact me through my personal email johnnicholsonqc111@live.co.uk and call me on 011-44 70-359-25594 for better confidentiality and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further on this transaction.

Regards
John Nicholson.

Anonymous said...

i recieved this same email and they even used a real realitive of mine!! be very careful!! they are gettimg more and more cunning with these scams!!

This email is directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I am John Nicholson, a solicitor at law. I was the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr. Mark who worked with Chevron Oil here in the United Kingdom. He died in a car crash with his immediate family in East London on the 5th of November 2007.

My late client has a deposit of (£9.8 million) with a Bank here in United Kingdom unclaimed, aI seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name giving you the advantage so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you and then both of us can share the money, 30% to me and 60% to you. I know there might be other persons out there with the same surname as my last client, but after a little check my instinct tells me to contact you. Can I trust you on this? I shall assemble all the necessary documents that will be used to back up your claim.

Please, contact me through my personal email johnnicholsonqc111@live.co.uk and call me on 011-44 70-359-25594 for better confidentiality and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further on this transaction.

Regards
John Nicholson.

Anonymous said...

this was a follow up email that i recieved after i contacted this "john nicholson"

Please read carefully as I am going to explain in detail why I mailed you. I have since carried out a search on his actual extended family ties and which efforts have been to no avail and hence my contacting you.

I had contacted you to solicit your honest assistance in profiling funds belonging to my late client. I want you to consider the details so you could understand the fuller reasons I need your co-operation.

My mail to you was written as a matter of last resort because of the circumstances surrounding this claim right now. Mark Beckman was an oil merchant and he had oil dealings around Europe and Africa. He died at 54 along side his wife, Maria, 46, and their only daughter, Katharine, 11.They were Christians.

He lived most of his years here in the U.K but traveled often. I served as his private attorney for the last eleven years preceding his death, just after the birth of Katharine. Mark migrated into England a long time ago as an orphan.

I know you may not be anyway related to my client but you need to understand the main reason I contacted you. I contacted you because after the death of my late client, I was informed by the finance company to search for any member of his extended family to put up a claim, or who could be so represented as managers or trustees for his deposited funds with them which stands due to the fact that he died with his immediate family members.

After preliminary efforts of search that came to no avail, I was given an ultimatum to look for some one to come for the claim or have the funds liquidated and made serviceable in accordance with existing laws because it will be assumed that no member of his family is alive.

However, it might interest you to know that, after a thorough investigation in the finance company, I found out that some members of the company are currently planning to divert this fund in their selfish interest and only want to use the excuse that since I am not able to look for some one to make the claim, the money should be made serviceable and that means reverting the fund to the Government while the company retains a percentage of it.
After unraveling their plans and professional consideration on my part, I decided to look for some one credible, with the same last name with my late client, to apply for this claim due to the fact that I have at my possession some legal documents which are very important and which might be requested by them and which, can only be provided by my chambers since they have since been with me.

I feel and know that you will be able to make this claim SUCCESSFULLY because of your last name which is the same as that of my late client's and as a result of this I do not want the company to be aware that I contacted you first in order to prevent them from going into much investigations on whom you actually are and that can put the success of this transaction on the line. I want you to be rest assured that this is legal with no risk involved, since all the legal documents that give you the right to make the claim is available.

This is a deal I am offering you and I want you to know that it requires only a mature mind to understand all I am saying and I believe you are mature enough which is the reason I am going further.

I am taking my time to explain all these to you now because I want you to see the reasons why my name should never be mentioned any time you are discussing with the members of the company and why this transaction has to be kept really confidential in order for us to be able to achieve our goals neatly.

Anonymous said...

continued...

Note that there is a legal reason for the confidentiality of this transaction because of the nature of the transactions and the circumstances surrounding it. I stand a better part of the risk because if at any point, and for any reason, this Finance House becomes aware of my prior contact with you, then I could be held for being in breach of a standard code of conduct which borders on a breach of lawyer/client fiduciary relationship among others and for this reason, I will appreciate if you are very sure you can assist with this and execute this with the required diligence.

NOTE that if they request to know how you came to know that your family member had such an amount of funds with them and who contacted you, which I am not sure they will ask, but in order to be on the safer side, if you are asked, be confident to tell them that the extended family discovered some documents in his archives showing that Mr. Mark lodged such funds with them and that is why you have been sent by the paternal family to contact the bank. Anyway, further deliberations will be held on this as we proceed.

I want you to know that I have these documents to show to you as proof but I cannot release them for your perusal now for security reasons until I have attained your confidence. I will provide you with any information you need as we proceed. I want you to be rest assured as this is going to be done in line with the law avoiding anything illegal. I would be protecting you 100% all the way through this transaction.

Please bear in mind that you have to be really sure if you are going ahead or not for I do not want to jeopardize the success of this transaction which means so much to me at the moment. I will wait for your response and please do not forget about the discreet nature of this transaction. I will advice you give me a call on +44-703-592-5594 my private and confidential number. I just tried calling but could not get through but will try subsequently.

Take note of the mode of sharing after a second thought, 30% for me 60% for you and 10% for expenses that might be incurred during the course of the transaction. If you have gone through this mail and you feel it is well understood, please get back to me telling me if you are willing to go ahead or not so that I can give you the contact of this finance company where this fund is lodged and then inform you too of how to proceed.

Regards,
John Nicholson.
Speechly Bircham LLP
6 New Street Square
London EC4A 3LX
Tel: +44 70-359-25594
Cell:+44 70-2403-3969
Fax: +44 7005-931-278
DX 54 Chancery Lane.
N.B When calling you dial your country calling code which I think is 011+my number (+44-70-359-25594). That is (011-44-70-359-25594). You can also confirm the code from your service provider.

Anonymous said...

I received a very similar email too, but the cut changed to 40/60 and from a different sender:

Regards
Robert Lemon

Thompsons Solicitors
Congress House
23-28 Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3LW
Mobile: +44-701-113-0327
N.B: When calling you dial your country calling code which I think, My number (+44-701-113-0327). That is +44-701-113-0327). You can also confirm the code from your service provider.

Anonymous said...

I received one today refer below;

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I must solicit your Confidentiality and assure you that I am contacting you in good faith and this proposal will be of mutual benefit. I am Stephen Jones Esq, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr. Mark hereinafter referred to as my client who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country, who died in a car crash with his immediate family in East London on the 5th of November 2001. It is important to note that my last client shares the same last name with you.

My late client a formal Sub-Comptroller working with Chevron Texaco Oil here in the United Kingdom and had Left behind a deposit of Nine Million Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling only (£9.8Million) with a bank. After the death of my client, the finance company contacted me, as his attorney to provide his Next of kin who should inherit his fortune this according to them is their policy in sure circumstances.


The board of directors of the company just adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within the next 15 official working days or forfeit the money as an abandoned funds. The company had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of the company to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given me. Also I have received official letters in the last two days suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws of the institution.

Well I have reasons very professional and I can use a legal means to present a next of kin of my deceased client. This is legally possible and would be done in accordance with the laws of the land. On this note I decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a similar last name, I was urged to contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the "Trustee" as my late client's family members as to enable you put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my client.


I do sincerely sympathize the death of my client but think it is unprofitable for his funds to be submitted to the government of this country or some financial institution. My aim is to retrieve these funds and let it be claimed by the deceased family Lineage, etc. for this I seek your assistance since I have been unable to locate the relatives for the past 7 years now

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name giving you the advantage so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you and then both of us can share the money, 60% to me and 40% to you. I know there might be other persons out there with the same surname as my last client, but after a little check my instinct tells me to contact you. Can I trust you on this? I shall assemble all the necessary documents that will be used to back up your claim.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer.

Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this. Please get in touch with me by my alternative email: stephenjones860@gmail.com for better confidentiality and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further on this transaction. My contact number is +44 703 197 1877. If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you, Thanks for your understanding.


Sincerely yours,

Stephen Jones Esq.
Shakespeare Putsman LLP
Somerset House
Temple Street
Birmingham
B2 5DJ,
Phone: +447031971877