Scam Money Transfer
Richard Johnson, who claims to be a Nigerian lawyer, wants
you to impersonate a dead wealthy client, so you can both steal his estate.
Here is an email from a Richard Johnson, who claims to be a
lawyer. He wrote to a woman in Canada who had been researching her ancestry on
the internet. He probably obtained her email address from an ancestry website
forum. He also had her family information from the ancestry website.
"Johnson" also sent her a picture of his ID card that claimed her is a lawyer.
She emailed him back and had no response.
Now, he is asking her to claim to be the relative and heir to a fortune for a
dead wealthy man. Even if he is a lawyer and the fortune is real, that
would be committing a felony, fraud.
But more probably, there is no dead wealthy person and more "Richard Johnson"
is a fictitious name used by a Nigerian scammer.
Also see this version of
the Richard Johnson scam.
For clues, see his email below and look at the
highlighted passages, which do
not match his story. [Our comments are
in brackets and in red]. An educated lawyer wouldn't use such poor
grammar, poor punctuation, spelling errors. The "story"; the money comes
from a dead person and you share the same last name is an old Nigerian scam.
Also see these pages:
Richard Johnson -
[a free Spanish Yahoo account?
Richard Johnson hardly sounds like a Spanish name]
I believe that there is a very high rate of corruption not just out here, but
also in your country and across the globe as a whole, which has eaten deep and
taken over most important human values. I'm not inclined to accept that as
I also admit that Yes! Hoaxes do exist in the real sense, but always put into
consideration of the fact that fraudulent activities sometimes come out of real
and genuine situations. It actually takes an individual who reasons beyond the
ordinary to see through the notion that opportunity coming from a particular
part of the globe can't be achieved.
I decided to place a search on the internet and I concentrated my search in
your country. However, in the course of my search, that I came across your
contact information, and out of my own free will I decided to contact you in
confidence and with the hope that you will be in a position to assist me with
this claims, knowing that you bear the
same family name with my late client.
Like I said earlier, it doesnt
really matter whether you bear the same family name or not. What matters most
here is your willingness to work with me based on certain realities exposed to
you, and my ability to present you as a
next of kin to my late client.[fraud
- a felony]
This is my position and my word will never change in the course of my
relating with you. If you wish, I can also send you a picture copy of my late
client and his family, as well as my own family picture. I
[apparently, this lawyer doesn't have a
spell-checker] with this, you'll be in a more comfortable position to
relate better with me.
Thanks for your time.
LLama Gratis a cualquier PC del Mundo.
Llamadas a fijos y móviles desde 1 céntimo por minuto.
RE: LETTER OF INTRODUCTION
To: The Head Corporate Banking.
Stanbic Bank Plc.
Plot 688 Amodu Tijani Close, of Sanusi Fafunwa Street
Victoria Island, Lagos
scammers are from Nigeria]
[This proves nothing. He could put
www.cnn.com and that doesn't
prove he works for them either!]
Attn: Mr. R.O Juwah
CLAIM ON DEPOSIT # SBPLC/NIG/-118/WB-NL-2003
We wish to inform you through this letter that Crystal Doe of CANADA is
appointed beneficiary to Engineer James Earl Doe (late), hereafter referred to
as the Next-of-kin.
In accordance with the "INHERITANCE
ACT" 1976 SECTION 116, SUB SECTION 266,
[have you seen this law? If you haven't
and you aren't a lawyer, what does this prove? Nothing!]as amended
and with the powers conferred on us as financial consultant/Representative to
Engineer James Earl Doe (late), we hereby introduce and endorse Crystal Doe as
the lawful beneficiary and to receive in her custody by Bank transfer or any
other legitimate means whatsoever, the sum of USD$4.5Million (Four Million, five
hundred thousand United States Dollars only).
Her full names and contact particulars are stated below for your contact and
Name: Crystal Doe
Address: 123 ABC Road, BC Canada V2J 6L1
Phone: +1- 250-123-4567
By this letter of introduction, Crystal Doe (Next-of-kin) is to be accorded
full legal rights and privileges regarding her lawful claims as she have been
duly recognized by our esteemed establishment to that effect.
It is our desired anticipation that our request be accorded immediate
Mr. Richard Johnson
HEAD, PRINCIPAL PARTNER
RICHARD JONHSON CONSULTS.
[What? He can't spell his own name
correctly? Pretty sloppy]
Don't be an idiot. Do not reply to scam
emails like the one above!