I’ve not had a scamming e-mail for ages and then a couple of e-mails from “Dr Amos Tower” arrived this morning (in identical terms). The terms are repeated beneath the cut with editorial comments
HBOS plc PO Box
No. 5 The Mound
Please accept my sincere apologizes if my email does not meet your
business or personal ethics. I will first introduce myself as Dr. Amos
Tower, a staff in the Private Clients Section of a well-known bank, here
in London,England. [editorial note: contrast with the address at the top of the e-mail, which suggests he is from HBoS in Edinburgh]
One of our accounts, with holding balance of £15,000,000 (Fifteen Million
Pounds Sterling) has been dormant and last operated three years ago. From
my investigations and confirmation, the owner of the said account, a
foreigner by name John Shumejda died on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane
crash in Birmingham; you can view this CNN website
http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/01/04/england.plane/ for details
on the crash.
Since then, nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this
money, as he has no family member that has any knowledge as to the
existence of either the account or the funds [the domicile of the individual is not clear from this e-mail and without the domicile one would not know which law governed the disposal of incorporeal or intangible moveable assets such as bank accounts. Perhaps the state steps in as ultimus haeres? I really need more information here, but suspect that I am not a potential successor to this fictitious figure]; and also Information from
the National Immigration also states that he was single on entry into the
UK.I have confidently discussed this issue with some of the bank officials [in HBoS?]
and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with [yeah, that's typical UK banking practice - let's find a foreign partner to deal with in relation to the succession of a foreign citizen...]. We
therefore propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin [but I'm not. I've never heard f this person before}
of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you after necessary
processes have been followed [when can a double positive convey the negative? Oh, here. Aye, right.].
This transaction is totally free of risk [apart from financial risk to the recipient and the risk of action against the sender who is attempting to fleece the recipient] and troubles [see previous] as the fund is
legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or
any other illegal act.
On your interest, let me hear from you.
Dr. Amos Tower.
So, how should I deal with this?