£7 Million “Next of Kin” Advance Fee Scam

Outline:
Email purporting to be from a solicitor at a London law firm asks if you would be willing to pose as next of kin of a deceased family in order to claim a bank deposit of £7 million. The email claims that, for your trouble, you will get to keep 50% of the £7 million fund.





Analysis:
The message is an advance fee scam. The promised fund does not exist.  This scam is designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to online criminals. Such scams are very common and take many forms.

You can read more about advance fee scams like this one here.

Example
Greetings for the Day.It is good to be in contact with you even though this medium of communication (internet) has been grossly abused by criminal minded people making it difficult for people with genuine struggle to correspond and exchange views without skepticism. I am [name removed], Senior lawyer in [name removed]  Solicitors based in London, I was searching for a similar name on your country’s Government Data Base, via the internet, when i came across yours which prompted me to contact you, I believe you will read this carefully and understand with me, As this will be of a benefit to both of us. I am the private Lawyer to a deceased client who share similar last name with you.

My late client who share similar last name with you had a wife named Rose and two children, daughter named Elizabeth 10 years and son named Lawrence 16 years. My late client was trapped dead alongside his wife and daughter on a collapsed building June 7, 2010 built by one of the construction company here in London not long ago, the son who only survived then in the family had gone to school on that day.

After the tragedy the construction company pleaded guilty of breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and Lawrence only survived member of the family then was compensated with £7M GBP (Seven million Great Britain Pounds), And was deposited in a bank here in London under my guardian. Unfortunately on the 4th of January 2011 Lawrence the only son died in the hospital after suffering from Cancer of the blood. Since the death of Lawrence there is no one to inherit the money, due to the fact that every member of the family all dead, the late father and late mother were orphans and had no relative here in London.

I have reason very professional and I can use a legal means to present a next of kin of my deceased client. This is legally possible and would be done in accordance with the laws. On this note I decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a similar name, I was urged to contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the “Trustee” as my late client’s family members to enable you put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my late client.

I have all vital documents that would confer you the legal right to make this claim and would make them available to you so that the proceeds of this bank account valued at £7 Million can be paid to you before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable to the bank where this huge amount is lodged.

For this I seek your consent and assistance to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since I have been unable to locate the relatives for the past four years now, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you and then both of us can share the money, 50% to me and 50% to you. I know there might be other persons out there with the same similar name as my late client, but after a little check my instinct tells me to contact you. Can I trust you on this? I shall assemble all the necessary documents that will be used to back up your claim.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. 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.

If this offer is acceptable by you, please reply direct to my email (ann-mariechristie@qq.com) my contact number [removed] do send me your telephone line, and Note this proposal is confidential.

Regards,
[Name Removed]




Last updated: November 22, 2016
First published: September 14, 2006
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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