Sometimes we just have a hunch about whether or not a scammer will pay any attention or not.
We received this and didn’t expect much.
From: web dep [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 9:38 AM
To: undisclosed recipients:
YOUR E-MAIL GOT PICKED UP TO ENJOY 1MILLION G.B.P IN COCA COLA SEND YOUR NAME&ADDRESS/TEL TO Mr.Brown Steven.
Our response seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 9:53 AM
One line? That’s it. Try again. Put a little effort into it.
Mayhaps we pressed too hard.
Later we received this message.
From: Lin Huang
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 12:04 PM
Get back to me for more information about a late client of mine that bears the same last name as yours leaving some funds behind.
Casting caution to the wind and Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor, neither action being particularly brilliant, we sent the following reply.
From: Ellis Tyd
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 12:15 PM
Subject: RE: HELLO
I thought I was the last von Niederhoffentanger
We assumed that no one would try to pursue a scam claiming to represent the estate of the late Mr. von Niederhoffentanger.
Clearly, as the missive below indicates, we were mistaken. We checked with Bing and Google. The name von Niederhoffentanger is not common at all.
Nevertheless, Mr. Huang is pressing forward with his scheme.
From: Lin Huang
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2012 4:53 PM
To: Ellis Tyd
Subject: LET’S COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY
Oh, yes, let’s.
Thank you for your prompt response to my mail. I must assure you that this transaction is 100% risk free to you before and after it is been completed. All I require from you is your maximum co-operation to enable this transaction sail through,the total amount is 19MILLION united state dollar.
The late Mr. von Niederhoffentanger seems to have done quite well for himself considering his conspicuous absence from the internet.
Even our name shows up in Google and we know we really don’t exist.
I contacted you purely based on the fact that your last name tallies with that of my late client,
We wonder how Mr von Niederhoffentanger met his end. We hope it was peacefully in his sleep like our grandfather and not screaming in terror like his passengers.
Concerning the legal aspects of this inheritance claim,you have nothing to worry about.With all my years of experience as a legal practitioner,I can authoritatively and confidently assure you that all aspects of this transaction are totally safe before and after the transaction is completed and has no hazards whatsoever.
Well, we certainly shouldn’t have to worry about any other heirs to the von Niederhoffentanger millions presenting a claim any time soon.
I was the legal representative/adviser of the deceased, and according to law,this entails that I am mandated to take care of all legal aspects of his business even though he is no longer alive. Based on facts available to me,my deceased client,had no next of kin to inherit the money he left behind.The bank is asking for the next of kin of my late client for claims otherwise the money will be confiscated .
Our correspondent has accidentally made a truthful statement. Mr. von Niederhoffentanger most assuredly had no next of kin.
We suspect he may come up light in the ancestor department as well.
But due to the fact that i am the only one who is aware that my client had no next of kin, I decided to carry out a research to find someone with similar last name as my late client,this is actually my reason for contacting you.
We find it surprising that no one else deduced Mr. von Niederhoffentanger’s lack of familial ties.
This transaction is expected to be completed in the next 10 banking working days with your full cooperation .Therefore a high level of seriousness and trust is required from you to enable us proceed on this transaction.
Seriousness is our middle name; Mr. Vladimir Seriousness von Niederhoffentanger. That’s us.
It is pertinent to equally let you know that all legal angles has been carefully examined before I contacted you,so that both parties can be legally protected.You must not entertain any fear, as this transaction is going to be legally documented in your name at the Malaysia high court. All the formal documentation of this fund in your name will be done with the court here in Malaysia where this fund is lodged.
It would be fun, we suppose, to hear Vladimir Seriousness von Niederhoffentanger spoken over and over in a Malaysian courtroom.
Upon your favorable response, I will send to you, my international passport id card and other related documents backing this transaction.
We can’t wait to receive your forged identification papers. We shall add them to our collection.
High degree of trust is required from you to enable us sail through this transaction, this will be completed in the next few banking days with your co-operation and carefully following my advice and instructions. I am prepared to offer you 40% of the total funds for your assistance input to claim and keeping this money safe in your Country 60% will be for me.
We think that the split should lean more in our favor. Mr. Huang is unlikely to find another von Niederhoffentanger any time soon.
However, if you are ready to do this business with me, I advice you to call me any time of the day my phone is a call forwarded line,you can call on:011-60-176-647-267 or 00-60-176-647-267 for proper briefing on this transaction.
We think we shall pursue this via email for the time being.
Lin Huang Esq.
1st Floor, Lot 4910, Sec 64,
Jalan Upland, Off Simpang Tiga,
93300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone No: +60-176-647-267
According the the Recruitment Partners page of Curtin University in Sarawak Malaysia, Agensi Pekerjaan Kaliman TKI Sdn. Bhd. is at 1st Floor, Lot 4910, Sec 64, Jalan Upland, Off Simpang Tiga, 93300 Kuching Sarawak specializing in Recruitment & Management Services. You have to scrool way down to the bottom, number 156.
We wonder if he or she knows Lin Huang.
This communication, links contained herein, is for the sole use of the intended recipient and may contain information that is confidential or legally protected.
Makes it all sound official, doesn’t it.
We are formulating a response from Mr. von Niederhoffentanger ro Mr. Lin Huang and shall keep you appraised of our progress.
In the meanwhile, please bear in mind that this is a Fraud.
That is all.