Scam Emails Archive : Advance Fee Fraud/419


From: "Steven Soto" <>

This 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" <>, although it may have been spoofed.

Howell Walk Off Hampton Street,
London Se1 6tl,
United Kingdom.

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; 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;


Steven Soto (Esq)
Phone: +447045725537

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