The lure of easy money – A ScamLocked
This is an email I received today. It is a scam. Some people will reply to this email and lose. How can we protect people in our companies from human engineering attacks like this one?
Foreign Operations department
Abbey National Bank,
Argyle Street Branch,
84 Argyle Street,Glasgow,
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal
ethics. I will introduce myself as Head of Foreign Operations of a
well known bank here in the United Kingdom.
One of our accounts with holding balance of 15,000,000(Fifteen Million
British Pounds) has been dormant and has not been operated for the past
From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account a
foreigner by name John Creek died on 4th of January 2003 and since
then nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money because
he has no family members who are aware of the existence of neither the
account nor the funds. Also Information from the National Immigration states
that he was single on entry into the UK.
I have secretly discussed this matter with some of the bank officials
and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with. We thus
propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of these funds
from the deceased and funds released to you after due processes have been
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is
legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism
or any other illegal act. On your interest, let me hear from you.
I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should
discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If
my offer is of no appeal to you,delete this message and forget I ever
contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my
proposal. You may not know this but people like myself who have made
tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking
sector. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good
conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my
industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come
ones way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for
once I find myself in total control of my destiny. These chance wont pass
me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work
with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy
me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new
opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well
worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have
here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank.We
the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you
with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life.
Lets share the blessing.
If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a
conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via
official channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I
do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I
want you contacting me through my official email account. Contact me
only through the numbers I will provide for you and also through the
email account that is provided therein in this email.
Mr. Gary Benard