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SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

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Another Scam: from JOHN NICHOLSON QC

Sent: Friday, March 9, 2012 10:01 AM


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 Anthony  was an oil merchant and he had oil dealings around Europe and Africa. He died at 54 alongside 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 someone to come for the claim or have the funds liquidated and made unserviceable 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 someone to make the claim, the money should be made unserviceable 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 someone 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.
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 advise you give me a call on +44-703-592-5594 my private and confidential numbers. Do send to me your direct phone lines so we can discuss this further.
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.

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.

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