Scam Money Transfer
David Palmer Scam, Smith & Williamson, Version 2
"I am Mr. David Palmer, the accounting officer-in charge of the Private
investment section of the above named Finance house.
Below is a real example of another scam from "David Palmer" (again, probably not his real name). Again, the scammer is attempting to recruit you to pretend to be the next of kin to a dead man's fortune, that laid "dormant" in an account because no heir could be found. If you believe the scammers, most rich people have no heirs and don't make wills.
Key passages that are clues to the scam are highlighted, such as poor grammar, random capitalization, poor punctuation, spelling errors, keep confidence and secret, etc. And noticed that the money always comes from some poor deceased man, with no known family.
Also see these pages:
- Explanation of so-called "Nigerian" business deal and money scams
- What to do if you think you have been the victim of a scam
- How to report a scam
From: Mr. David Palmer [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Sent: 17 February 2007 12:21
Subject: Your Attention Is Needed
From: Mr.David Palmer
Smith & Williamson
Private Banking Services
Riding House Extension,
I am Mr. David Palmer, the accounting officer-in charge of the Private investment section of the above named Finance house. I have decided to contact you on a business Transfer that requires confidentiality, Trust and transparency, where both of us have a lot to Benefit, during my investigation and auditing in the Accounts section, my department came across a huge sum of money Belonging to a deceased person, a foreigner who died On January 7, 2005 in a auto crash. This Fund has been dormant in his account in the private investment dept Without any claim to this fund in our custody, either From his family or relation.
The said amount is (7.5 million pounds) which is about ($15 million US Dollars) As it might interest you to know, I got your contact Through international business enquiry and my search for a trust worthy business Partner that can handle a business of this magnitude Meanwhile all arrangement to put claim to this fund in Your name as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, And get the required approval to transfer this money To a foreign account, have been put in place.
While The next line of action to conclude this transaction In the next 10 working days, Will be relayed to you as Soon as you indicate your interest in this Transaction. I must also inform you that upon the completion of this Transaction, you will be entitled to 40% of the total Sum as gratification, for your role and assistance, While the balance will be for me as the owner of the funds. Please, you have been advised to keep this to your self Since I am still in service and intend to Retire after I conclude this project.
I will be monitoring the whole situation here Until you confirm the money in your account. Then, immediately, I shall come down to the country of Your nominated account for subsequent sharing of the Funds according to percentages previously indicated and Further investment.
Please use this email address for security reasons: email@example.com
Mr. David Palmer.
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