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Scam Money Transfers from Lawyers / Bankers / Barristers
Example -
Barrister Barry Smith.(Esq.)
"With a wealthy dead client named, Ronald Lake and Joyce Lake"

Have you received an email from "Barrister Barry Smith.(Esq.)", claiming that he is an attorney or banker "managing an account" for a dead wealthy man (Ronald Lake and Joyce Lake, in this case) who died (usually along with his whole family) and leaving no heirs.  This means our dear buddy wants YOU to pretend to be the dead guy's only living relative, so you can defraud the estate (although the scammer tells you it is "risk free"). Of course, even if there really were such a dead guy and a real account, you would be committing several felonies, including fraud.

Note to the moron scammer who wrote this: "Barrister" and "Esquire" both mean "lawyer"... that is like calling yourself "Dr. PhD", you idiot!

Thank goodness scammers are illiterate, uneducated scum.  It certainly makes it easier to see through their attempts to scam!

If you are still salivating and eager to fill out the form, we can assume you are either of a criminal nature or get scammed frequently, as this is simply another fraud to separate you from your money (that is, whatever money you have left after being scammed before). See the example email below!

If you would like a step by step explanation of how this type of "Advance Fee Fraud" works, click here!

Scam email from "Barrister Barry Smith.(Esq.)":

From: "barr barry smith"<>

Subject: From Barry Smith.(Esq.)

Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 12:06:51 +0100

From Barry Smith.(Esq.)

For B.Smith Chambers & Advocates

Good day,

I am Barrister Barry Smith.(Esq.) personal Attorney to Ronald Lake and Joyce Lake who used to work with Frank Howard Allen Realtors. On the 31st of January 2000, my client and his wife were involved in a Plane Crash (Alaska Airlines Flight 261) all passengers unfortunately lost their lives, since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my client?s extended relatives but this proved unsuccessful.

After all these several unsuccessful attempts, since it's not compulsory that the next-of-kin must be a blood relation to the deceased, Be informed that a next-of-kin can be anybody, friends or organization.Presently, the Bank where the deceased (my client) had a Deposit valued at US$21, 437, 000.00 Million issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin to my client to receive its benefit or have the account confiscated, so I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating this benefit left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank.

To this effect, I now seek your consent to present you to the Bank as the next of kin of the deceased (my Client) so that the proceeds of this Deposit valued at US$21, 437, 000.00 Million can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money; 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% should be given to any Orphanage Home.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please get in touch with me only by this email {} OR {}.

Your prompt response is highly imperative.

Yours sincerely,

Barr.Barry Smith.(Esq.)

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From barr barry smith Sun May  4 04:06:51 2008

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