Email claims that the sender was badly injured in the November 2008 Terrorist Attack in Mumbai, India, and needs the recipient’s help to distribute several million dollars to charity.
False – The message is a scam designed to steal money and personal information
Subject: I NEED YOUR PRAYERS PLEASE GET BACK TO ME
Hello, I am writing from the hospital in India, therefore this mail is very urgent as you can see that I am going home.I was at the Trident-Oberoi Hotel when I was badly shot during the last Nov 29th Terrorist attack in Mumbai and has got my lever damaged and can only live for some weeks according to medical experts.I have some money ($28.725 Million) in a secured vault bank I would like use these funds for charity before I join my ancestors.
I will give you the documents of the money and will direct you to a well known lawyer that I have appointed to him, the lawyer will assist you to change the documents of the money to your name to enable the vault bank transfer the money to you.
This is the favour I need when you have gotten the money :- (1) Give 10% of the money to my servant, Mr Jose as he has been there for me throught my illness and I have promised to support him in life. I want you to take him along with you to your country and esterblish him as my son. (2) Give 10% of the money to Charity Organisations and Churches on my name so that my soul may rest in peace.
This should be a code between you and Rev.Micheal Cook in this transactioin”Hospital” any mail from him, the barrister he will direct you to I don’t know what will happen to me in the next few hours.
(2) Request the lawyer’s international passport, his name is Micheal Cook. And Let Jose send you his National ID as he has no passport to be sure of whom you are dealing with. Jose is so little therefore guide him.
If I don’t hear from you within two days, I will look for another person. May God bless you and use you to accomplish my wish.Do get back to me so that I will give you the contact of the attorney,Rev.Micheal Cook.
Pray for me always.
Anne Nanda .
Thank you Holy Father.
Internet scammers are always quick to capitalize on significant and newsworthy events such as terrorist attacks, wars and natural disasters. Such events allow Internet scammers to concoct seemingly plausible, but totally bogus, cover stories designed to fool potential victims into sending them money and personal information.
In the scam attempt discussed here, the criminal claims to be “Anne Nanda”, a woman who received gunshot wounds during the November 2008, terrorist attack in Mumbai, India. According to the message, the hapless Anne has only weeks to live (due to a damaged “lever” no less), and requires assistance in distributing a portion of some 28 million dollars to charity and to help a faithful servant, with plenty left over for the recipient’s own use.
The recipient is urged to reply to “Anne” within two days to receive contact details for an attorney who is supposedly in charge of the funds and will organize the transfer.
However, the specified funds do not exist, nor is the message from a terrorist victim. The criminals responsible for the message will attempt to extract money and personal information from any recipient who falls for the bait and replies. Those who reply and continue a dialogue with the scammers will soon be asked to send various fees in advance of receiving the supposed funds. The criminals will claim that these fees are required to cover insurance, legal or banking expenses and cannot be deducted from the funds to be transferred. Of course, any fees sent will be kept by the scammers. Victims may also be tricked into providing large amounts of personal information during the course of the scam and this information may later be used to steal their identities.
Advance fee scammers have been operating for decades and they use a seemingly endless variety of cover stories designed to elicit the same result. Internet users should be very cautious of any unsolicited message that promises a share in millions of dollars in return for helping to transfer and process the supposed funds. Any such “deal” is virtually certain to be an advance fee scam like the one described above.
Last updated: 30th December 2008
First published: 30th December 2008
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!