Scam email: Allen Ken, Barrister to the late Mr. Morris Thompson

Scam Money Transfer Emails:
Allen Ken, Barrister to
Mr. Morris Thompson,
an American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261

Pity poor Mr. Morris Thompson.  Not only did he die in a plane crash in Alaska, but he's got two "barristers" attempting to steal his estate! The "Allen Ken" scam is another that appears to be perpetrated by the same scammer, since he uses a nearly identical letter to the "Evans Tim" email, and both emails uses names in which the first and last names appear to be reversed - that's a common mistake of foreigners who are no familiar with names in English-speaking countries. Here it is, for your entertainment and education, with key passages that are clues to the scam highlighted, such as poor grammar, poor punctuation, spelling errors, the money comes from a dead person (assassinated by rebels, no less!), blah, blah, blah.  "Allen Ken" claims to be a lawyer.  In most countries, a person with advanced education would be able to spell simple works correctly.

As with the Evans Tim email and many other scams, the airline crash and name of the dead passenger may be real, but so what?  Anyone can look up an news story on the internet, then copy some of the details into an email.

And, as usual, even if this were all true and he really was a lawyer representing the estate of a dead millionaire... then he's proposing that you assist in fraud and money laundering.  Those are federal crimes. 

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Dear Sir,

STRICTLY A PRIVATE BUSINESS PROPOSAL This is a proposal in context but actually an appeal soliciting your unreserved assistance in consummating an urgent transaction requiring maximum confidence. Though this approach appears desperate, I can assure you that whatever questions you would need to ask or any other thing you will need to know regarding this proposal will be adequately answered to give you a clearer understanding of it, so as to arrive at a successful conclusion.

I am Barr. Allen Ken, a London based Attorney and Solicitor. THE PROPOSITION: My late client,An America Mr. Morris Thompson who is an Oil consultant contractor with CPL Petroleum had in a Bank the sum of GBP10m in a domiciliary account who died on plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000,including his wife and only daughter leaving nobody to claim the money. He named his wife, as the next of kin. Unfortunately, two of them died in aplane crash.He had a closing balance worth GBP10,000.000.00 (Ten Million British Pounds Sterling) with a bank in my country (United Kingdom).

Since the tragic incident involving late Morris Thompson and his family, the bank has waited for to Five years for a next of kin as beneficiary with no success.valuable efforts have been made by the bank management and myself to get in touch with any of his Direct or Extended family Members but I personally found out that he died with his wife and their daughter.

Since it is the Law in Great Britain that at the expiration of Six (6) years, the funds will be marked unclaimable and reverted to the ownership of the British Government if nobody applies to claim the fund, I am taking this advantage in order to better my life and that of my family. I am now seeking your permission and assistance to have you stand as next of kin to late Morris Thompson, so that the money is released to you as the next of kin. All documents and proof to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out by me because all are in my custody.

I am assuring you that this transaction and its procedures is 100% legal and risk free involvement. Your share stays while the rest will be for me. The sharing of the fund between the two of us will be as follows; 30% of the total sum will go to you for your effort and commitment to the success of this transaction. 65% will be for me, and the balance of 5% for the settlement of all local and foreign expenses incurred in the course of this Transaction.

Upon thesuccessful completion of this transfer, I will come to meet with you for disbursements in the ratio as stated above, and invest my share in any lucrative Business in your country subject to your kind advice. As soon as I receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of this message in Acceptance, I will immediately start up with the process of claim. If this proposal is acceptable by you, kindly reply me immediately you get this mail.

I want you to also furnish me with the following information:

1. Your private telephone/fax or preferably your mobile numbers.

2. Your full names and address.

3. Your Full Banking Details where the Fund will be transferred to.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation. I shall give you more details on what we are to do to claim the Fund without any hitch. Note:This transaction must be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and TOP SECRET because of its nature.

I look forward to receiving your prompt response.

Yours Truly,

Barr.Allen Ken

Isn't odd that an attorney based in London uses a Japanese free Yahoo email account?

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