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Slightly new variant on very old scam
Thread poster: Kathryn Strachecky

Kathryn Strachecky  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:10
French to English
Aug 6, 2007

Dear all,

I know that this subject has been discussed hundreds of times and I don't think that any of you would fall for it. However, I would like to draw your attention to the following mail that I received through my ProZ.com profile, as it came through my profile, the English almost appears correct and they actually managed to spell my rather complicated surname correctly.
Please remain on your guard against all of these kinds of scams.

"Dear Kathryn Strachecky

I am Barrister Benson Yakoa solicitor at law, personal,
attorney to Mr.C.M,Strachecky a national Of your country,
who used to work with Shell Development Company in Lome
Togo.

Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the
21st of April 2002, my client, his wife and their only
daughter were involved in a car accident along tamaer
express way kara togo. All occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have made
several enquiries 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 through the internet which gave me your
contact that you are a family member to the deceased.That
was why i have contacted you to assist in repartrating the
fund valued at US$7.5 million left behind by my client
before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by
the BANK .

where this huge amount were deposited. The said bank has
issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his
account confisicated within the next twenty one official
working days.

Since I have been unsuccesfull 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 get in touch with me
through my email for more details.

Best Regards.

Barrister Benson Yako. (SAT) Senior Partner.
Benson Yako.Chambers Esq.
LOME TOGO."


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 17:10
English to German
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Have you submitted a Support Request? Aug 6, 2007

Hi Kathryn,
What I would suggest is to submit a Support Request to ProZ.com staff, indicating the sender's IP address, so this attempt can be blocked.

Best regards,
Ralf


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Kathryn Strachecky  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:10
French to English
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No, I haven't Aug 6, 2007

Thanks, Ralf, I hadn't thought of that. I'll do it straight away.

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jelly_gill  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 21:40
Member (2006)
English to Panjabi
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They have got smart with time.. Aug 7, 2007

One year ago, the methods used to lure the public were general in nature. A single email was directed at lacs of clients.

Now, it seems they are personalizing the emails so as to make it sound real.

Also, you cant track the scamsters IP addresses in some cases because they do their activities behind anonymous servers which hide their true IP addresses. What you get is the IP address of anonymous server which leads you nowhere because such servers dont keep record of anonymous users' IP addresses.


In such a case the only option we are left with is: be vigilant, and dont fall for the traps.


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