Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tsunami scam

Latest one to come to me purports to be the grieving partner of a legal firm, one Mike Lee M.lee@lawyer.com. In it Mr Lee, with impressive verbosity tells us that he wants a fair hearing before he tells his tale of woe, or that is,

" May I preface this epistle by appealing to you to reserve judgement and peruse the contents of this missive with an open mind, as much as it may smirk of unethical practice and may even stretch to the outer peripherals of immorality, as the subject matter of this communication is directly related to one of the most horrid events in recent memory."

Naturally he is;
"a partner in the Law offices of Konkons and Associates and, the administrator of a probate will belonging to an unfortunate but prodigiously affluent victim of the recent tsunami disaster in South East Asia; who together with his next of kin's [wife and son] tragically died in that disaster while holidaying in Indonesia".

Poor chap. So what was he to do there was 27 million lying around and it is either the state gets it, or well you know the story.

Thing is of course he wants to be quite about his plans, he has of course worked hard, and honestly for ages;

"I will totally understand if you do not wish to be party to this venture. Should this be the case, I implore you to be ever so kind and gracious enough not to be vindictive and virulent by trying to ruin me by exposing my plot, rather to let the matter end here. Especially, since no one is being offended.

May I add at this point that I am a respected professional in my field, who has worked very hard for 23 years to get to the station of life I am presently in, with a family to support, and not willing to throw aspersions to my good name".


Balls to the bastard.
Konkon Associates has no web footprint. Laywer.com his email is some site that flags up "Sign up for your free lawyer.com email address". If you click the link you are taken here, where there is a bloody great advert calling for you to donate money to the Tsunami appeal.

Er... was that rude enough?

5 comments:

tim said...

No - you should always take the chance to be really rude to blood-sucking gutter-snarking dregs of humanity - or if they aren't actually a lawyer to email scam artists.

Anonymous said...

I received this today:
(Same scam, different names)
With due regards,I am Barrister Alfred Wawah (ESQ) a solicitor at law,personal attorney to Eng.B.Stokes, who used to work as one of the Director's of Exxon Mobil Oil Company in Lome Togo. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 7th march 2005, my client, after a period of failing health at Government Hospital,Because of the shock of his wife and daughter's death at the Tsunami Disaster that happened in Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand On the 26th December 2004.Please you can go through these web site below for verification:

www.metacafe.com/watch/465403/tsunami_thailand_koh_phi_phi_island/

Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to track his last name over the foreign commission guest book, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at $10.5million left behind by my client before it get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank here in Lome-Togo,where this huge amount were deposited.! And now the bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confiscated if no one comes for the claim or to activate the account.

Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names,so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please contact me via my details noted below .

It is essential for us to communicate effectively and efficiently with potential Time-saving and e-mail communications and also your phone number.

I thank you sincerely for taking the time to read this email and hope that we can cooperate for a better future.

Best Regards.
Barrister Alfred Wawah (ESQ)
Tel/+228-981-94-49
Email:wawahchambers2008@hotmail.com

charlene said...

I got this one too!! I have been telling him to send me more information just to see if he would and he keeps sending me the same letter only with a different opening paragraph!! Good thing I found this or I may not have been safe!! Thank you to all that have avoided this email because you saved me!!!!

Charlene said...

Thank god I found this website because I got the same email!!! Only different names...Thank you whoever caught on to this guy!

Matt said...

I got this awesome one today:
______________________________



LEONG HANG & ASSOCIATES
SOLICITOR AND ADVOCATES,
NO. 101, JALAN PUDU RAYA,
TAMAN DESA RAYA,MALAYSIA
TEL: 011-60122473440 or +60122473440
Email:barrleonghang01@gmail.com.

I am barrister Leong Hang, an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine,that shares the same last name as yours,
died as the result of a heart-related condition on March 12th 2005. His heart condition was due to the death of all the
members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26th December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia .

htt! p://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake

I can be reached on (barrleonghang01@gmail.com) for more information.
My late Client has a deposit of Nineteen Million Dollars ( US$19 Million Dollars) left behind.

Best regards
LEONG HANG
Attorney at Law

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