Well somehow this message got around Hotmail’s spam filter. Perhaps because every message was sent from a different email address! The first one was from an address at Missisipi University from a guy called Jakel Marshall. The picture (left) and accompanying link claim he’s a model, but he’s also a model rip off merchant IF it’s the same guy. Frankly I think it isn’t. But at least the Nigerian e-mail scammers are getting a bit more aspirational with their identities.
So anyway the first email I get was as follows:
** Reply Requested by 9/6/2008 (Saturday) ** From: Jakel Marshall My Private email: firstname.lastname@example.org This is for your attention Through some discreet search from my local chambers of commerce and having obtained your contact from the internet. I contacted you because you bear the same surname identity. Presently in my bank here in the United Kingdom we have an estate,which has remained unclaimed since 1999. And the estate will be converted to UNCLAIMED DEPOSIT and therefore forfeited if nobody comes forward to lay claim to the deposit before the end of this financial quarter, as is the practice and also indicated in the European Union banking guidelines.I wish to notify you of a Deal between You and me to put in claims for payment with your name as the beneficiary to the total sum of US$5,500,000.00 (Five million, Five Hundred Thousand) in the intent of the deceased (name now withheld since this is our second letter to you)As I mentioned earlier, I contacted you because you bear the surname identity and therefore can present you as the beneficiary to the inheritance since there is no written will. All the papers/documents will be processed on your acceptance to partner with me. In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly forward to us your letter of acceptance, your current telephone and fax numbers, your private email address and a forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high court probate division for the release of this sum of money in your favour. Yours faithfully Jakel Marshall
Anyway, I’m a big fan of rattling cages. So here’s my response:
Er, I’ve never seen a first email from you. Who is the deceased? And why is your reply email from Mississippi college?
And the response, from a different email address:
Thank you for your response and for your williness to handle this deal and before I proceed any further, let me make it clear to you that God is my witness that this deal will be done under funds reguratory laws, the transfer will be in accordance to both local and international laws and everything will be completed within ten Banking days provided you follow my instructions very well
Once again I am Mr Jakel Marshall, an internal auditor with Hsbc Bank Plc.During our last auditing exercises, as the head of the team, I discovered a dormant account valued $5.5 Million dollars. Further investigation about the account revealed that the account holder died since 1999. And up till date, nobody has come forward or put application for claim. During my private search for the relative recently your name and email contact was among the findings that matches the same surname as the decease name who died interstate with no Will or next of kin.
Like I did mentioned in my first paragraph , the death of Mr Derick Walker Hayward ,was abrupt and without a WILL covering this sum mentioned to you. This leaves me no choice but to appoint you as a beneficiary. As the Residuary beneficiary, I have the responsibility to sort out the administrative details on his death. LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR TO YOU THAT IT IS OF TRUTH THAT YOU ARE NOT A RELATIVE TO LATE MR DERICK BUT I CHOOSE TO NOMINATE YOU BECAUSE YOU SHARE THE SAME SURNAME WITH HIM AND WITH THAT, I WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE OFFICIAL PAPER WORK TO LEGALIZE THAT. THIS SECRET WILL BE BETWEEN YOU AND I ONLY. Note that things like this happens every now and then in all banking industries.
However, I cannot make claim to the inheritance as a staff of the bank and by the same laws I am prohibited to do so. So I needed a beneficiary to be nominated within the United Kingdom otherwise these funds become that of the crown and will be decleared unclaimed deposit.
I will be acting as partners with you in achieving this goal and I will be getting you one of the bank approved Attorney to act before the probate in securing the relevant legal documents on your behalf. In all of these, the most important thing is for us to be able to obtain the grant of letter of Administration from the Probate. This is an official document, issued by the court, which allows you (as administrator) to administer the estate and this will be getting on your behalf through bank approved Attorney.A Grant of Letter of Administration is obtained by person(s) entitled according the rules of the court when the deceased dies without leaving a Will or “intestate” The situation where a person dies without making a will fully disposing the assets. The administration of “intestate” estate is governed by the Administration of Estates Act 1925. The Administration of Estates Act 1925 sets out for who can act as an administrator – that is, who has the legal right to deal with the affairs of the person who has died. To enable us proceed,
send me the following details.
1)your full name and address
2)Direct cell phone and fax number
3) Your age and occupation
4) Your private email address
The amount in the account is $5.5 Million dollars, as mentioned in my first paragraph I will offer you $1,500,000.00 Million as your share, 5% set aside for expenses.
After the transfer of the $5.5 Million has been made to your account, I will come over to meet you for my share and to discuss further with you on how to invest part of my share in your country under your suppervission.
Please handle this deal with all your heart and please keep it secretly and let this be between you and I only untill the transfer of the funds is done to your account.
Please respond to me with the above informations as early as possible so we can progress.
Call me on my direct private line +44 702 408 5###.
Mr Jakel Marshall
Clearly, this guy doesn’t work at a bank, especially the HSBC. and check the way he spells supervision. Anyway I Googled a few parts of the original, like the figure “Five million, Five Hundred Thousand”. Guess what! There were a few Nigerian bank scam emails with the exact same figure, and highly similar wording to this email. When you think about it, if he was in dear old England, why is he providing a dollar figure? Is it USD or AUD? Stupid really.
Secondly, I have posted both these messages verbatim. See how he’s clearly working from a template from the first one because the grammar and spelling is of a much higher quality. The second is frankly woeful. Looks like not many people ever reply.
Anyway, this just has to be a scam. Either way, I’m not stupid enough to risk all my money in ‘admin charges’ and legal fees to get $5.5M that doesn’t exist. So if you get a scam message from Matt Hayward, it ain’t me. Some arse hole has scammed my email address.
If you are from an authority that can duly handle these clowns, i’ll be more than happy to forward on the original email. If you get any of these messages yourself, please leave a comment.