Skype spam

This just popped up in my Skype chat. This is a first — instant message spam with a twist on the usual 419 Scam — instead of money stuck in Nigeria this is about tsunami victims and the added novelty of customizing the name of the deceased with my last name.
“Dear David Churbuck,

My name is Clifford Benson, an attorney based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A deceased client of mine, by name Mr. Alfred Churbuck, who were in after shall be referred to as my client died together with his family in December 24-2004 as a result of the Tsunami Disaster.

I have contacted you to assist me in claiming the money left behind by my late client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit valued at $6.5 million United States dollars was lodged.

The bank has issued me a last notice to contact the next of kin, or the money will be confiscated and his account closed. My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as my late clients next of kin and beneficiary of the funds, since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you in your country. Then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage.

All legal documents to back up this claim as my real late client’s next-of-kin will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through and transparency during process.

The process and transfer will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and myself from any breach of the law.
I must use this opportunity to
implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary confidential, whatever your decision, while I await your prompt response.Please contact me at once to indicate your interest. I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail as soon as possible via email this transaction will be treated private with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.

Please contact me at once to indicate your interest via email giving me your contact number for faster communication.When i get your reply, i will send you a detailed explaination and my full contact information.
However if this business proposal offends your moral values,do accept my apology.

Best regards,

Clifford Benson, Esq .
PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY
clifford.benson@yahoo.com”

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

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  1. That’s very disappointing. I use Skype a lot (the beta video version) to stay in touch with family in Europe and South America (in fact, my wife is now in Colombia for 10 days and the girls and I see her every night using Skype … remarkable stuff). I’ve gotten these emails but never in Skype. Guess it’s always just a matter of time.

  2. So sorry for your loss, David. Were you and Clifford close? did he also race Cotuit skiffs? I imangine his demise must have taken you by surprise.
    Perhaps you should book a flight to Nigeria or Borneo now to make sure his effects and estate are protected.
    Do you know if he had a copy of XyWrite 2.0? if he did i’d like to buy it from the estate.
    The Humboldts are squirting up nright now at the mouth of the LA Jolla trench north of Mission Bay. big ones coming up, running about 12-15 pounds.

    I understand you must be bereft over the loss of your kinsman. Do you know if he had ownership in the Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection?

    Sorry for your loss,
    jim

  3. i also received an email from a “person” name Clifford Benson, Esq .! 🙂
    The content of the email is almost identical (except with the name
    changes)!

  4. I also received ” The Clifford Benson, Esq. Scam”, , as noted by Skype Spam, the exact same words as noted. The content of the E-Mail was almost identical (except with the name changes), as noted by khae, May 24th, 2007, above.

  5. I have also receved the “clifford benDear Mark Davidson,

    My name is Clifford Benson, an attorney based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A deceased client of mine, by name Mr. Alfred Davidson, who were in after shall be referred to as my client died together with his family in December 26-2004 as a result of the Tsunami Disaster.

    I have contacted you to assist me in claiming the money left behind by my late client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit valued at $6.5 million United States dollars was lodged.

    The bank has issued me a last notice to contact the next of kin, or the money will be confiscated and his account closed. My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as my late clients next of kin and beneficiary of the funds, since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you in your country. Then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage.

    All legal documents to back up this claim as my real late client’s next-of-kin will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through and transparency during process.

    The process and transfer will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and myself from any breach of the law.

    I must use this opportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary confidential, whatever your decision, while I await your prompt response. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest.

    I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail as soon as possible via email this transaction will be treated private with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.

    Please contact me at once to indicate your interest via email giving me your contact number for faster communication. When i get your reply, i will send you a detailed explanation and my full contact information.

    However if this business proposal offends your moral values, do accept my apology.

    Best regards,

    Clifford Benson, Esq .
    PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY
    cliffordbenson@lawyer.com

  6. Here’s the latest. I just received it a couple hours ago:

    Dear *Name Removed*,

    I am Barrister Kahar Rizal, a legal practitioner in Malaysia with many years of practice.I was an attorney to a deceased client of mine who died in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia of pulmonary infection in 2001. My reason of sending you this email is to help secure the funds left behind by my client before it’ll be declared unserviceable by the bank where this fund valued at $5.7 million dollars was deposited.

    Since you do have the same last name with my late client, I would want to present you as the legitimate beneficiary with all legal documents required to back the claim up. The holding bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated. And so far, all my efforts to get hold of someone related to this man has proved abortive.

    This is my proposal; I am asking for your consent to present you to the bank as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late client. Since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account shall be transferred to you. Then we shall share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage. I do have a good standing in Malaysia, it is my assurance that this transaction will be successful and that I will make sure that the transaction is done within the applicable laws to guarantee full legitimacy.

    All legal documents to back up your claim as my client’s next-of-kin will be provided by me from the high court. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. And it will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
    However, if this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest. Do understand that this transaction do require utmost confidence and you should keep this mail to yourself not withstanding if you are rejecting the transaction or accepting it.

    Note that I reserve the right to reject your acceptance of this proposal if I have reasons to believe that you may not be honest or discreet as it concerns this proposal.
    Further details will be giving as soon as your interest is indicated.

    Best Regards,
    Barr. Kahar Rizal

  7. Hey guys (esp Star) this is BIZARRE!!

    I was googling my name up just a minute ago and saw this posting on yr blog. FYI someone’s impersonating me – they must have got my name off a legal directory in Malaysia or something. I’ve a good mind to lodge a police report about this – but u can’t really stop these kind of things happening on the web so its pretty pointless.

    Anyway just to let u all know that there is a practicing lawyer in Malaysia by that name and he is a corporate lawyer with a reputable firm – nothing at all to do with wills or the deceased!

  8. ok so i got the Barrister Kahar e-mail a few days ago so i decided to respond to it. i knew it was a scam but i wanted to know how far this man would go.

    first e-mail: the letter posted above
    second e-mail:Attention.

    Nice to hear from you, I look forward to work hand in hand with you to
    accomplish this great objective. I have the trust in you that we will
    conclude this transaction without any hindrance, and I will like you to
    accord me every benefit of trust as well, as this transaction requires
    mutual trust, dedication and understanding to achieve this golden
    opportunity
    As well i have just gone through your mail and get your contents noted since
    i have contacted you over this claim i will not hide anything from you only
    when you have given me the complete full assurance that you will cooperate
    with me in movement of this claim, note that there is a lots of flow of
    letters on the email about scams so you have to be careful, due to all this
    a lots of government officials are corrupt in other to monitor this act i am
    a member of the committee that is being set up to track those that are
    involved in any illegal activities, so i want you to note that i have a name
    to maintain as long as Malaysia is concern,

    (still talking of trust)

    I am with (Kamarudin and Partner chambers) 20 jalan Klang Lama 58000 kuala
    Lumpur Malaysia, My clients who died at general hospital here in Malaysia
    due to heart related infection left no will that is what lead me to contact
    you.

    I cannot give you the detail of the financial firm where the fund is being
    deposited so soon for security reasons hope you get my point for that, if
    you wish to visit me before we commence the claim that is a welcome idea by
    me, but if you cannot make it down to Malaysia before the claim i must meet
    you in person after the claim to take my share of the money so that both of
    us can see face to face and see what we can do together in the near future,

    Note that i will fly to your country to take my own share of the money
    after the money has hits to the account you will provide,note that i will
    be in position to get all the legal document from the high court here in
    Malaysia to legalize the claim so that there will be no problem for both of
    us after the fund has hits to your account. Once we able to get the entire
    document from the court there will be no problem from the banking sector,
    what what i am promising you is that above all this claim is risk free,

    You are free to give me a call at your convenient time for more
    information where your not clear with.
    Note that we must sign an agreement that will guide us both on the sharing
    modalities as long as this claim is concern so that no body will fee cheated
    after the claim,
    I want you to be assured that this transaction will go through the normal
    banking procedures.
    Confirm to me the following information’s so that i will know you much
    better as my partner to this claim.

    1. Marital status,
    2. Occupation,
    3 Age/Sex
    4 Nationality.
    5.Private contact number
    6 Complete Address

    Best Regards,
    Barrister Kahar
    D/l+60123 908 340

    third e-mail:Dear
    Your mail has being noted with the clear contents, well since you cannot
    make down to Malaysia i will meet you in your country America after the
    successful claim i will fly down to take my own share of the money, why i
    wanted if you could make it down to Malaysia is not much but just for us to
    know each other much better and also to build the business relationship, but
    all the same

    the process of the claim goes on like this,
    I will use your information to apply for the claim from the high court here
    in Malaysia that you are the next kin to my late client, with every other
    document from my office to back up the claim, and once that is done the
    court will work on the process to verify if the claim is genuine or not and
    that will take a maximum of 4 working days to conclude on their
    investigation with the bank and decide if they will approve the claim or not
    and once that is done then the victory will be us, once the court approve
    the claim there will be no problem with the holding bank with all the
    document from the court they will release the transfer to the account you
    will provide to them,

    As long as i am here to represent you there is no way they will demand to
    see you if they demand to i know what to do on that effect so that should
    not bother you, the most important thing now is that i will like you to make
    sure that you keep this claim within you being that you cannot trust any one
    so that is why we have to be careful, note that the claim will take a
    maximum of 21days the fund will be in your account if its approved.

    I will send an agreement to you that you have to sign and send back to me so
    that every body will know what belong to him or her after the claim being
    that i will not like any one to feel cheated after the claim.

    In addition i here by send to you a copy of my international passport so
    that you will know whom your working with as well i expect you to do the
    same by given me a copy of your passport or driving license as part of my
    guarantee of the money,

    i am waiting to hear from you as soon as you can or you can give me a call
    at your free time as i have given you my number
    Best Regard
    Barrister Kahar

    fourth e-mail:Dear ,

    Well your skeptical of given your passport information via email is right
    base on what is going on in your country but here in my country Malaysia is
    more saver than the post you prefer best known to us, above all i will like
    you to send the document by fax as that is the only best option and the
    fastest way that you have to use now since you don’t want to do that via
    mail, the fax is coming to my table directly and is acceptable,

    I here by include the attach copy of the agreement and affidavit
    form which you have to go through the agreement and sign to your space so
    that no one will feel cheated after the claim, and as well complete the
    affidavit and send them back to me by fax, so that by Monday i will proceed
    to the high court to file up the claim officially.

    I am expecting the 3 fax copy from you on before Sunday.

    Kindly give me a call where your not clear with those documents,
    Waiting to hear from you as soon as you can

    Best Regard
    Barrister Kahar.
    D/L+6012 390 8340
    Fax: 603 2178 4805

    Kinda impatient huh???? LOL!!! i’m done i’ve seen enough!!! i wrote him an e-mail telling him how pitiful his attempts were!!! i’ll post the agreement next time—i cant wait to see what the agreement is!!!

  9. He is still on.
    that is hi second e-mail he have sent to my friend.

    I acknowledge the receipt of your email, and I’m willing to furnish you with more detailed information regarding the successful conclusion of this beneficiary claim/ transfer of the fund left behind by my late client, Alfred Foss.

    First, let me introduce my self once more, I am Barrister Clifford Benson, I am married and a father of four, aged 54, I am a senior advocate. As I told you in my proposal mail, I chose you because of your last name, which is exactly the same as my late client’s name , who died interstate in Dec.26-2004. He died with no living heir.

    The death certificate and other documents regarding this transaction will be sent to you in due time. Remember, I chose you because of your last name, which is similar to that of my late client. Is not that you are his relative, I only want to present you based on your last name.

    So, if you would cooperate with me in this beneficiary claims, let me enlighten you on how we can make this transaction a success without any breach of the law – This will be possible under a legal proceedings. All legal beneficiary documents necessary to position you as my late clients next-of-kin will be processed by me.

    All i need is your sincere cooperation to achieve successful conclusion in this transaction, and hoping that you will not disappoint me on our percentage terms(60% to me and 40% to you) after the fund has been transferred into your nominated account as the next of kin/beneficiary to the said fund.

    These classified legal document include;
    1.Affidavit form
    2.Sworn Affidavit/Change of ownership certificate
    3.Attorney General Notification and Endorsement.

    After processing these classified legal documents in your name which i will also forward to you, you will now be able to reach the holding bank through their contact details, requesting the immediate transfer of your inheritance fund (US$6.5Million) into your nominated account as the legitimate next-of-kin/beneficiary to my late client.

    You have to remove every atom of doubt in you with regards to this transaction as all legal angles have been carefully examined, and am confident that nothing can go wrong in the course of this transaction. I assure you of 100% risk free transaction in this beneficiary claims. It is my area of expertise, i will handle it with great professionalism.

    Upon receipt of your urgent reply i shall send the affidavit form from the Federal High Court Of Malaysia for you to fill and resend to me as an attachment. With that, i shall proceed to swear an affidavit of oath on your behalf, as the legitimate next-of-kin/beneficiary of my late client, and subsequently process other supporting legal beneficiary documents.

    Feel free to call me on my telephone number below, for a more effective communication and a better understanding of this transaction. Thank you.

    Best Regards,

    Barr. Clifford Benson, Esq.
    PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY.
    +60173770447

  10. i received the same mail with a different name this is it

    Attn:Charlene Hypolite

    My name is Mr. Mohammed Ali I am a legal practitioner Mohammed Ali Chamber in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
    I saw your contact and profile I decided that you could cooperate with me in this proposition.

    I have a client who was deceased in November, 2001, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am contacting you because you have the same surname as my deceased client and I felt that you could help me in the distribution of funding that were left in my deceased client’s bank account. This funding is closed to be declared UN-serviceable by the bank as there were no indicated next of kin or next of beneficiary of the funding in the bank account.
    The total amount of cash in the bank account of my deceased client is US$8.7 Million (Say, Eight Million, Seven Hundred Thousand US$), only.

    The bank had issued to me a notification to contact the next of kin of my deceased client for either to re-activate the bank account or to make claim of beneficiary, of the funding in the bank account, with a month surcharge of 6% to be deducted as an Escrow safe keeping fee of the bank account, so as to avoid the indefinite closure of the bank account.

    My proposition to you is to seek your consent, and to present your kind self as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my deceased client, since you have the same last name with him.

    This means that the proceeds of his bank account would be paid to you as his next of kin or the legitimate beneficiary. When the proceeds in his bank account are paid to you, we will share the proceeds on a mutually agreed-upon percentage of 60% to me and 40% to your kind self.

    All the legal documents to back up your claim as my client’s next-of-kin would be provided by me.
    The most important thing I would need is your honest cooperation to in this proposition. This will be done under a legitimate arrangement that would protect you from any breach of the law.

    If this business proposition offends your moral and ethic values, do accept my sincere apology. Please contact me at once if you’re interested by replying the mail and ignore it if you are not.

    Best regards,
    Mr. Mohammed Ali Esq

    THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY

    Dear Charlene Hypolite, I received your email and your consent to cooperate with me in thistransaction. The legal documents will be processed then followed by themonetary transfer. Take note that the entire process of this clai/transferwill take a time frame of 10 working days to be concluded. The fund will be transferred into your account as the sole beneficiaryafter a successful claim has been made. You will keep 40% and send back60% to me as agreed. With your full cooperation and mutual trust, thistransaction will be concluded successfully without any hindrance. I willtake care of all fees to be incurred in the processing of all the requiredpaper work we need to contact the ”fund holding bank” For us to start the process, attached is the Affidavit Form, print it out,fill it up legibly with the required information and scan it back to me ase-mail attachment. Upon receipt of the filled form from you, i willproceed to the High Court, to swear an affidavit of oath on your behalf asthe legitimate next-of-kin/beneficiary to my late client, and consequentlyprocess other supporting legal documents needed for us to contact the fundholding bank for the transfer into your account. Please leave the spacefor “Nominee” blank, i will fill it in the court and choose any next of kinof your choice. Thanks for your cooperation. Let us commence in good faith. Best Regards,Barr. Mohammed Ali,(Esq).+60163976277.

    AFFIDAVIT FORM.jpg

  11. I just received this. Cripes..

    My name is Mr. Mohammed Ali I am a legal practitioner Mohammed Ali Chamber in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
    I saw your contact and profile I decided that you could cooperate with me in this proposition.

    I have a client who was deceased in November, 2001, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am contacting you because you have the same surname as my deceased client and I felt that you could help me in the distribution of funding that were left in my deceased client’s bank account. This funding is closed to be declared UN-serviceable by the bank as there were no indicated next of kin or next of beneficiary of the funding in the bank account.
    The total amount of cash in the bank account of my deceased client is US$8.7 Million (Say, Eight Million, Seven Hundred Thousand US$), only.

    The bank had issued to me a notification to contact the next of kin of my deceased client for either to re-activate the bank account or to make claim of beneficiary, of the funding in the bank account, with a month surcharge of 6% to be deducted as an Escrow safe keeping fee of the bank account, so as to avoid the indefinite closure of the bank account.

    My proposition to you is to seek your consent, and to present your kind self as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my deceased client, since you have the same last name with him.

    This means that the proceeds of his bank account would be paid to you as his next of kin or the legitimate beneficiary. When the proceeds in his bank account are paid to you, we will share the proceeds on a mutually agreed-upon percentage of 60% to me and 40% to your kind self.

    All the legal documents to back up your claim as my client’s next-of-kin would be provided by me.
    The most important thing I would need is your honest cooperation to in this proposition. This will be done under a legitimate arrangement that would protect you from any breach of the law.

    If this business proposition offends your moral and ethic values, do accept my sincere apology. Please contact me at once if you’re interested by replying the mail and ignore it if you are not.

    Best regards,
    Mr. Mohammed Ali Esq.

  12. Hey all,
    I have received yesterday evening the same spam email regarding……………
    I am Barrister Kahar Rizal, a legal practitioner in Malaysia with many years of practice.I was an attorney to a deceased client of mine who died in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia of pulmonary infection in 2001. My reason of sending you this email is to help secure the funds left behind by my client before it’ll be declared unserviceable by the bank where this fund valued at $5.7 million dollars was deposited.

    Since you do have the same last name with my late client, I would want to present you as the legitimate beneficiary with all legal documents required to back the claim up. The holding bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated. And so far, all my efforts to get hold of someone related to this man has proved abortive……………………………….

    I have replied to this email just asking more details and try to see where this guy wants to go!!!!!!

    Stefania

  13. Hi guys,
    I got same mail from Barrister Kahar Rizal yesterday with same case about $5.7…. 🙂 So I was curious too how far will go this guy, even I called him to claim his address and pass info to send the stuff by regisred mail via normal post service. Then same thing for no time…send by fax, etc. Unfortunately for him there are 2 cases bad :
    1) I am web developer – so I found his famous glory over the net easy 🙂 Then his pass was a proud production of Adobe Photoshop;
    2) I have a strong specific Bulgarian name, named on a historical town and we have quite short family tree – so we are all relatives – then no chance to have somebody I don’t (or my older relatives) know, especially if the died person comes from Norway 😀

    Finnaly on the sworn affidavid form sent to me to fill, down the last sentence is:

    “This affidavid form should be filled by the appropriate beneficiary and return to this court with the Oath and Stamp duty fee ($1.235.00) only.”

    😀

  14. OK, here is mine:
    Dear “Bla,bla, bla”

    I am Barrister Kahar Rizal, a legal practitioner in Malaysia with many years of practice.I was an attorney to a deceased client of mine who died in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia of pulmonary infection in 2001.

    My reason of sending you this email is to help secure the funds left behind by my client before it’ll be declared unserviceable by the bank where this fund valued at $5.7 million dollars was deposited. Since you do have the same last name with my late client, I would want to present you as the legitimate beneficiary with all legal documents required to back the claim up. The holding bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated. And so far, all my efforts to get hold of someone related to this man has proved abortive.

    This is my proposal; I am asking for your consent to present you to the bank as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late client. Since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account shall be transferred to you. Then we shall share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage. I do have a good standing in Malaysia, it is my assurance that this transaction will be successful and that I will make sure that the transaction is done within the applicable laws to guarantee full legitimacy. All legal documents to back up your claim as my client’s next-of-kin will be provided by me from the high court.

    All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. And it will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. However, if this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest. Do understand that this transaction do require utmost confidence and you should keep this mail to yourself not withstanding if you are rejecting the transaction or accepting it.

    Note that I reserve the right to reject your acceptance of this proposal if I have reasons to believe that you may not be honest or discreet as it concerns this proposal. Further details will be giving as soon as your interest is indicated.

    Best Regards,
    Barrister. Kahar Rizal

  15. On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 11:52 PM, shaikh shabab wrote:

    salam kahar rizal i got ur mai.but way ur given me this opportunity.ok i m intrested.but u cal me on 09867872093

    — On Thu, 11/9/08, Kahar Rizal wrote:

    From: Kahar Rizal
    Subject: Attention:Shabab Shaikh
    To: shabab1982_shaikh@yahoo.co.in
    Date: Thursday, 11 September, 2008, 4:31 PM

    Dear Shabab Shaikh, I am Barrister Kahar Rizal, a legal practitioner in Malaysia with many years of practice.I was an attorney to a deceased client of mine who died in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia of pulmonary infection in 2001. My reason of sending you this email is to help secure the funds left behind by my client before it’ll be declared unserviceable by the bank where this fund valued at $5.7 million dollars was deposited. Since you do have the same last name with my late client, I would want to present you as the legitimate beneficiary with all legal documents required to back the claim up. The holding bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated. And so far, all my efforts to get hold of someone related to this man has proved abortive. This is my proposal; I am asking for your consent to present you to the bank as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late client. Since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account shall be transferred to you. Then we shall share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage. I do have a good standing in Malaysia, it is my assurance that this transaction will be successful and that I will make sure that the transaction is done within the applicable laws to guarantee full legitimacy. All legal documents to back up your claim as my client’s next-of-kin will be provided by me from the high court. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. And it will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. However, if this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest. Do understand that this transaction do require utmost confidence and you should keep this mail to yourself not withstanding if you are rejecting the transaction or accepting it. Note that I reserve the right to reject your acceptance of this proposal if I have reasons to believe that you may not be honest or discreet as it concerns this proposal. Further details will be giving as soon as your interest is indicated. Best Regards, Barrister. Kahar Rizal

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  16. Here’s another name to add to the list. He used a hotmail account but after several emails he provided his lawfirm and corporate email address. The man is relentless and won’t give up. Refuses to send me copy of Death Certificate until I complete the Affidavit – which is asking for Passport number and contact information. Thank you to the first person that started this site for notifying us.

    It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there was no previous correspondence between us. My name is Mr, Barr. Lee Edward Tan, a Malaysian national and personal Attorney to Late Mr. Richard Ragaisis, who passed away on the 11th of November 2002 as a result of a deadly heart disease.

    I am contacting you to assist me in securing the fund left behind by my late client, before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where the funds was deposited. The total amount of funds in the account of my deceased client is US$ 8.7 Million (Eight Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States dollars only).

    The Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin/beneficiary to my late client or have the account declared unserviceable. Hence, I am contacting you to seek your consent in presenting you as the next-of-kin/beneficiary to my late client, since you have the same last name. This will enable the proceeds of this account to be paid to you as the legitimate beneficiary/next of kin. Upon conclusion of this transaction, 40% of the total sum will be yours for your honest commitment and positive contributions to enhance the success of this transaction, while the remaining 60% will be mine.

    All the legal documentations to back up claims as the deceased next-of-kin will be provided by me. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. This intended transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any infraction of the law.

    Kindly note: If this business proposition offends your moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology, but if on the other hand you deem it fit to assist me, kindly contact me as soon as you can for further details.

    Yours faithfully,

    Lee Edward Tan.

  17. This guy is unbelievable. Is there an agency or can we contact the email provider of these scams? I’ve had emails from him using Yahoo and Gmail. He continues to send me responses – not boiler plate – to my emails when I question the validity of his offer as though he has nothing better to do! His Photoshop passport is so amaturesk that I can’t believe there are people out there that fall for it! Thanks for getting the word out! I would not be surprised if this guy has a whole office of people doing is dirty work. They can’t spell either!

  18. I got the same offer from Muhammad Hamza Rashid as a spam to. i said him that he must send me money fot travelling expenses to Malaysia. And he is don’t answering me.
    about his passport, that i think so it’s from Photoshop.

    i’m sorry for my bad english 🙂

  19. I have had a similair email from a girl named Nennie Bensen, whos father is Dr Ray Benson to contact Aliraj Put, an attorney. There is a promise of a large sum of money to get her out of a refugee camp. I returned the email but have stopped this due to the attorney admitting a friendship with the girls family…so I wrote back that he is then logically better suited to secure her freedom than I, one would think that would be the end of it.

    I sincerely hope that no one actually falls for this scam, but it is understandable if they do. These claims are clearly aimed at people who posess good natures and clear and honorable consciences’ and by definition, are aimed at those who have very little money at all.

    These scammers are bottom feeders who rip of those who can least afford it. For that alone I despise them, for that alone I hope karma catches them up fast. I write this in the sincere but futile hope that they may read it.

  20. Greetings;

    Do accept my apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics,
    I want to introduce myself and this business opportunity to you. My
    name is Barrister Kahar Rizal a personal attorney to my late client. I
    wish to know if we can work together.

    I would like you to stand as the next of kin to my late client who
    has an account valued (USD$5.7) million united states dollars,with a
    bank here in Malaysia. He died without any registered next of kin and as
    such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate. The board of
    directors of his Bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his
    next of kin for the payment of this money Within 28 working days or
    forfeit the money to the Bank as an abndoned property.

    Fortunately, both of you have the same last name so it will be very
    easy to make you become his official next of kin. If you are interested,
    do let me know so that I can give you comprehensive details on what we
    are to do.

    I urgently hope to get your response as soon as possible.

    Yours sincerely,
    Barr. Kahar Riza

    Thank you all so much for your comments about this scam. In today’s economy we could all use a little extra money and I was full of hope when this guy e-mailed me about getting all this money. Now I know why American’s are at war, to stop stupid people like him from causing another 9/11 and procreating. He don’t deserve to live. Poor Bastard!!

  21. well guys now he have a partner jane lama and she is the next of kin after her parents was killed in Rwanda or one country from Africa but he is the same guy Cliff Benson…well i almost believe the nice girl but it was to much money 9,7 million $ in a bank in London and she just want to share with me after she know me only couple of day,,i do was play to see where is the trick…is when she ask me 2,370 euros to fix Affidavit and A Power of Attorney in to my name to make the transfer in to my account i told him is better if he make ready the documents and after get payed..because i run out of money…and i google his name to see and surprise….
    well guys you help me to understand this guy Cliff Benson is a impostor and i wish could meet him to show him in person how i do business…:)) so take care…

  22. i got a this spam in mail

    Dear:Sachin Puthukkudi,

    I am Muhammad Hamza Rashid, a legal practitioner in Malaysia with many years of practice.I was an attorney to a deceased client of mine who died in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia of pulmonary infection in 2001. My reason of sending you this email is to help secure the funds left behind by my client before it’ll be declared unserviceable by the bank where this fund valued at $5.7 million dollars was deposited.

    Since you do have the same surname with my late client, I would want to present you as the legitimate beneficiary with all legal documents required to back the claim up. The holding bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated. And so far, all my efforts to get hold of someone related to this man has proved abortive.

    This is my proposal; I am asking for your consent to present you to the bank as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late client. Since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account shall be transferred to you. Then we shall share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage. I do have a good standing in Malaysia, it is my assurance that this transaction will be successful and that I will make sure that the transaction is done within the applicable laws to guarantee full legitimacy.

    All legal documents to back up your claim as my client’s next-of-kin will be provided by me. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. And it will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
    However, if this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest. Do understand that this transaction do require utmost confidence and you should keep this mail to yourself not withstanding if you are rejecting the transaction or accepting it.

    Note that I reserve the right to reject your acceptance of this proposal if I have reasons to believe that you may not be honest or discreet as it concerns this proposal.
    Further details will be giving as soon as your interest is indicated.

    Best Regards,
    Barr.Muhammad Hamza Rashid.
    Attorney at Law

  23. I got a similar email. From haneefa@azmilaw.com.my and abdul.fulimahaneefa.esq@gmail.com

    Dear (Name),

    Greetings!

    Do accept my apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics, I want to introduce myself and this business opportunity to you. My name is Fulim Abdul Haneefa Esq., a personal attorney to my late client. I wish to know if we can work together.

    I would like you to stand as the next of kin to my late client who has an account valued 8.7million United States dollars, with a bank here in Malaysia. He died without any registered next of kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate. The board of directors of his Bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money or forfeit the money to the Bank as an abandoned property.

    Fortunately, both of you have the same last name so it will be very easy to make you become his official next of kin. If you are interested, do let me know so that I can give you comprehensive details on what we are to do.

    I urgently hope to get your response as soon as possible.

    Yours sincerely,
    Fulim A. Haneefa Esq.

  24. This is man’ inhumanity to his fellow man. Where is the world going? We are not just animal. Where is our conscience? It has been said: trust no one. It’s a pity.

    Superman, where are you? Karma, come down. Truth is: there is Divine justice.

    Mabuhay PNoy.

    Thanks good guys.

  25. I have received the same e-mail this morning to my work e-mail. Mine was from Fulim A Haneefa Esq. What a scumbag, if I was somebody that believed this it would be awful. This needs to put an end to!!!

  26. i have recieved this crap what are they exactlly doing or what are they after i am not that clued up with what is occuring ,would be greatfull if someone could let me know

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