A Scam Email with the Subject "URGENT RESPONSE PLEASE (CONFIDENTIAL)." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 09 Aug 2007 19:05:05 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "Steven Soto" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Howell Walk Off Hampton Street, London Se1 6tl, United Kingdom. 29/7/2007. Dear David Ortega, This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it should be treated as such. I am Steven Soto, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr. Mark Ortega, hereinafter referred to as my client' who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country and who died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 5th of Nov 2000. Since the death of my client in Nov, 2000, 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. More so, I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited the sum of £9.8m GBP. The board of directors of the company now 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 fund. The company had planned to invoke the abandoned property Decree of 1996 to confiscate the funds after the expiration of the period given to me but after a thorough investigation in the finance company, I found out that some members of the company wants to divert this fund into their private accounts for their own selfish interest and only want to use the excuse that since I am not able to find someone to make the claim, the money should be made unserviceable and that means submitting the fund to the federal government of this country and some to the company management which is not their main intentions. By virtue of my closeness to the deceased and his immediate family, I am very much aware of my client's financial standing. I do sincerely sympathize the death of my client, but had thought it unprofitable for his funds to be submitted to the federal government of this country and the finance company where it is lodged. I have reasoned very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to present you as the next of kin of my deceased client which 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 foreigner and I was urged to contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's surviving family member so as to enable you put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my client, so that the proceeds of this Bank Account valued at Nine Million Eight Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling only(£9.8million) can be paid to you, before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable to the bank where this huge deposit is lodged. Note that this is legal and 100% risk free since I have all vital documents that would be requested by them and that would confer you the legal right to make this claim. I find this possible for the main reason that you a foreigner just like my client making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim in that capacity. Therefore, to facilitate the immediate reprofiling of this fund, you need, first to contact me via my alternative email address signifying your interest and as soon as I obtain your confidence, I will immediately intimate you with the complete details as well as fax you the documents, with which you are to proceed and I shall direct you on how to put up an application to the bank. However, you will have to assent to an express agreement which I will forward to you in order to bind us in this transaction. Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send you by Fax or E-mail the next step to take. 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. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me through my alternative email; email@example.com for better confidentiality and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further about this transaction. Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this. Please let me have your opinion as soon as possible for my contact number is +447045725537 and if this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you, I await your urgent response. Give me a call at your earliest convenience. Note: Please respond to my alternative email address; firstname.lastname@example.org Sincerely, Steven Soto (Esq) Phone: +447045725537 This message is sent by a law firm and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. If you received this transmission in error, please notify the sender by reply e-mail and delete the message and any attachments