Internet Scams Exposed

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

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Email Scam: from Barrister Willie S. Larry

I am Barrister Willie S Larry A legal Representative both local and internationally, Due to my busy schedule, I asked my Personal Assistant to send this letter to you; while she was in a trip to Europe. I am contacting you; regarding the estate of a deceased Client Mr Hughes Okkas, an Estonian property magnate who died alongside his immediate family in the year 2004, in a mysterious road accident.
Before his death, he deposited the sum of $10,000, 000, 00. {Ten million United States dollars placed under Bank Management here in SA. The institution being aware of his death have mandated me to present a member  of his family (heir/inheritor) or Next of kin to make claims of his funds with bank otherwise, it will be forfeited, seized or confiscated by the authorities and reverts to the treasury of the SOUTH AFRICA  Ministry as unclaimed. This is because in accordance with the South Africa fiscal and monetary policy, such fortune is automatically bequeathed to the government if there is no heir or Next of kin to the deceased that would surface to claim the fortune within the specified time. However, this law is unjust and inhuman as it often creates an avenue for the top officials of some financial institute to divert such fortunes for their own selfish use. On that ground, I decided to search for a reliable person who will help me put claim to the funds as he did not declare officially
I know you might not be related but after countless efforts to locate direct relatives to my late client and a Three months final notice from the Bank to present a beneficiary to the fund and failure to meet up with this deadline means the fund will be liquidate to the Bureau as unclaimed fund, that I forbid happening. Against this backdrop, I decided to contacted you to join me put claim on this deposit before it is forfeited to the authorities. My suggestion to you is I would like to present you as the Next of kin and beneficiary to this deposit, since you are both foreign nationals by virtue of my position as a financial consultant, I will now place your name as the Next of kin/Beneficiary to my late client and I will prepare the relevant legal document that will assist to facilitate the release of the funds to you, without any breach of law.
Note, I have worked out all modalities to complete the transaction successfully and be rest assured that this transaction is 100% legal and risk free. Once the vault is released to you, we shall share in the ratio of 50% for me and 45% for you; while the remaining 5% will be set aside for any expenses incurred during the cause of securing this deposit. Please if you are interested in getting on with this project, it will be highly appreciated if you get back to me let me explain to you the custom and structures designed towards the possibility of this fair deal.
Yours Sincerely,
Barrister Willie S Larry

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