Example - Ben Hulk - The Estate of David Hagen in an Automobile Accident
Below is yet another real example of a fake business proposal
. Again, note the many, many misspellings, poor grammar, use of a yahoo email
account and the absurd story. Do you really believe that people who have 12
million UK Pounds die without a will and the money ends up "floating around" to be
shared with a random foreigner? Even if that did happen, it is still
called money laundering and it is a crime.
There so many, many obvious signs that this is a scam, we
have added a few comments and merely highlighted some of them in yellow, without
additional explanation! We present only those emails from "Ben Hulk", not the
replies from the victim (Harish) to protect his identity. Read from the top
down; starting here:
25 Gresham Street
London EC2V 7HN.
In order to transfer out ( Twelve million, five hundred thousand
British pounds) from our Bank . I have the courage to look for a
reliable and Honest Person who will be capable for this important
business Transaction, believing that you will never let me down either
now or in Future.
The owner of this account is Mr. David Hagen foreigner and the
Manager Of petrol chemical service,a chemical engineer by
and he died since 1990.the
account has no other beneficiary And my Investigation proved to me as
well that his company does not know anything About this account.
I want to transfer this money
into a safe foreign account abroad but i Don't know any
foreigner,i know that this message will come to you as a surprise as we
don't know ourselves before,but be sure that it is real And A Genuine
I believe in God that you will never let me down in this
transaction,at the conclusion of this business,you will be giving 30% of
the total amount, 70% will be for me.
I look forward to your earliest reply by email for more details
YOUR REPLY IS NEEDED.
Second scam email
Thanks for your response and willingness to assist me in the
transaction that I have proposed to you.
Kindly note that it is 100%
risk free like I have said in my first mail as I intend to
carryout the transaction obeying the laws of your country and mine.
I have noted your response with the apparent belief that you understand
the necessity for strict privacy in a transaction of this magnitude
and nature being a deal. I make bold to intimate you with the
details of my perfected modalities for the realization of this
pending project. The project is ready for execution and it is 100%
risk-free and hitch-free provided you follow my instructions as the
originator of the deal and direct participant with you as my foreign
partner. The necessity to follow my instruction can never be
undermined as I am committed to not just the successful transfer of
the funds per se but a 100% success that guarantees my enjoyment of
the proceeds with absolute peace of mind after the transfer.
In fact, the essence of the enjoyment of the proceeds with absolute
peace of mind is the sole yardstick with which I intend to conduct
the affairs of this project. Therefore, I need your re-assurance of
total partnership backed up with a positive disposition to
promptness in adherence to my instructions. I hereby reassure you
that if you follow my instructions religiously, promptly and
accordingly, neither your interest nor that of your family will be
jeopardized on account of this project. I recognize the magnitude of
trust and confidence reposed on me by you availing you to assist me
in this deal which will be of mutual benefit to we all. I also
recognize the duty which this gesture by you has reposed on me.
I shall not let your down;
you can count on me.
Before intimating you with the details of this project, it is of
necessity that I reiterate
the importance of confidentiality of the project which must be
maintained by we all in the project. We all (including you)
must maintain absolute confidentiality of the project and the
transfer itself even after the deal has been concluded. The
importance of this cannot be over-emphasized and I expect you to
know better. I on my part recognized this basic collective
essential. Please do not let me down as I am a carrier civil servant
who are still in active service and only taking advantage of this
once-in-a-life-time opportunity to make provisions for my children‘s
future in this extremely oligrchial society of ours where the rich
gets richer and those of us who are not privilege to be descendants
of the over-lords are systematically but tacitly being doomed to
perpetual poverty by political maneuvers in appointment. I would not
want my names or images to be brought to odium.
I would normally not be involved in a transaction like this as I am
ordinary man of high dignity but after 22 years of serving our
father land, I still cannot account for all those years hence Iam
sizing this opportunity to provide for my children‘s future. I have
unflinching confidence in being able to achieve 100% success in this
project or would not have engaged in the project if I had even an
atom of doubt. The only thing capable of marring this confidence is
when there is a lapse in the maintenance of confidentiality.
Hence, I am reiterating its importance. I count very much on you in
this regard.You are to immediately send to me a scanned copy of your
international passport and direct mobile phone so I can be able to
set my eyes on the face of my partner in business. I also need your
assurance on your reliablity and capability in handling this
+44 7040 111 679
Greetings to you and to your family. I wait to hear urgently from
you to enable me update on you on the next line of action.
I wait for your response.
Thanks for your quick response. Before I proceed and
forward the detail modalities of accomplishing this project, I need
to know you better and that was why I asked for the scanned copy of
Kindly re-scan and forward the passport or drivers
license to enable me set my eyes on the face of my partner in this
I wait to hear from you.
Greetings to you and to your family. I appreciated your
detail response with the scanned passport.
My attorney will submit an application of claims to the
International Remittance Office of our Bank by monday for onward
processing of the fund transfer to your account. I wish to inform
you that am working closely with my attorney for the procurement of
the needed supportive documents of the inheritance claims and the
approval of the fund transfer on your favour by the HM treasury
Department. Already, as a seasoned banker, I know most of the
required documents by the bank management to approve the fund to any
applied beneficiary and I have initiated the paperworks before now.
The medical reports and death certificate of the late
David Hagen has been procured through a medical professor here in
London. The medical reports and death certificate is pertinent to
proof really that Mr. David Hagen is dead and my attorney will swear
an affidavit of facts on your behalf in the court of competent
jurisdiction by monday. The letter of probate will as well be
issued on monday on your name for the replacement of the WILL of the
deceased, perhaps he died intestate.
Once all the documents are ready and submitted to the
bank through our attorney, I will fax its copies to you for your
perusal and acknowledgement. Meanwhile, my attorney will be drafting
a memorandum of understanding that will spell out our relationship
in this project.I will send you the agreement paper once it is ready
and expect you to carefully go through it, comment for amendment if
the need be or sign and fax to me for a counter-signing.
Try to call me today so we can talk more on this
Thanks and remain blessed.
I am not surprised with your email basically on the nature of our
contact and high rate of fraud in the world. It is announced always
in CNN, BBC and other international media houses. But with your age
and experience, you should understand that whatever that has
imitation also has real and legal existence. I am for real and can
never do anything that will stain my hard-earned reputation nor the
image of my great family even for billions of dollars.
If you still doubt me, you can comeover to London in
person so we can meet and that will enable you know my kind of
family and my nature of person.
If I could handle his project all alone, I wouldn't have
contacted you for assistance.
I would advice you to feel free and work on trust and
mutual confidence with me.
Call me now at +44 70 40 111 679 so we can discuss
I wait for your response.
This next email is
interesting as "Ben Hulk" attaches a number of obviously fraudulent
documents! A death certificate; a
faked and false affidavit, a
fake probate letter and a
fake account statement
Dear Mr. Harish,
Greetings to you and to your family!
My attorney has successfully procured all the required documents of
this transaction and I enclose its scanned copies to this email for
your perusal. The original copies of the documents have been
submitted to the foreign remittance department of the Natwest Bank
for the verifications needed.
The enclosed documents are the scanned copy of the notarized
affidavit of facts sworn in the court of competent jurisdiction,
which replaces the ''WILL'' of the deceased person. The affidavit
recognizes you as the legitimate beneficiary to the account and the
estates of the late David Hagen. In case where a late person died
without a WILL, the letter of probate is relevant to proof that the
applying beneficiary is the legitimate next of kin to the deceased.
I also attach a copy of the probate letter from the Probate
registry. Attach also is the scanned copy of the death Certificate
to the deceased, procured with the assistance of a medical professor
here in London.
I have also scanned the computer print out of the account statement
of the deceased to guarantee you on the existence of the funds with
the Natwest Bank, London Branch.
In compliance with the British Inheritance procedures, we are required
to present three years tax clearance of the Late David Hagen in
respect to the holding fund, I will make the payment from my
personal pocket and forward a copy of its official receipt to the HM
Treasury Department for approval of foreign exchange allocation on
My attorney is working closely with an insider in the HM Treasury
Department and he has assured me that the fund transfer will be
approved soonest. As soon as I get more information from my
attorney, I will keep you posted. Please, as I have already informed
you, you have to make an urgent arrangement to be at the offshore
payment office nearest to you to endorse the final fund release
order in person being the recognized beneficiary. This will be after
the fund must have been approved on your favour and ready to be
transferred to your account.
Please, do confirm the good receipt of the documents and call me for
Thanks and remain blessed.
And now they need a payment
in order to release the millions! What a surprise!
YOU'RE REF: INHERITANCE FUND
ATTN : HARISH
INRESPECT OF THE MEETING HELD BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, THE GENERAL
MANAGEMENT OF AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK [A.D.B] OUAGADOUGOU-BURKINA FASO
THUS CONCLUDED, CONCERN THE REQUEST OF FOREIGN TRANSFER FORM (F.T.F)
DOWNLOAD THE F.T.F THROUGH YOUR ATTACHMENT FILE.
NORMAL BANKING LAWS/REGULATIONS: THE MANAGEMENT OF
THIS BANK ORDER YOU TO FILL YOUR
FOREIGN TRANSFER FORM (F.T.F) NEATLY AND RETURN WITH YOUR OWN PERSONAL
SIGNATURE FOR PROPER NOTIFICATION, INCLUDING THE
APPLICATION SUBMISSION FEES/PROCESSING FEES OF [ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED
AND SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS, USD$1,275.00] ONLY.
NOTE: WE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAVE GIVEN YOU ONLY [SEVENTY-TWO HOURS
72HRS] TO FILL YOUR FOREIGN TRANSFER FORM AND RETURN TO FOREIGN
REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT OFFICE, ENCLOSE THE PAYMENT SLIPS OF YOUR
APPLICATION SUBMISSION FEES/PROCESSING FEES.
THE SUM SHOULD SEND IN THE NAME OF OUR BANK REGISTER (MR.GEORGE OKORO)
THROUGH WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER OR MONEY-GRAM AND SEND THE PAYMENT
CLIPS CONFIRMATION TO THE FOREIGN REMITTANCE OFFICE OF THIS BANK THROUGH
FAX/EMAIL ADDRESS FOR PROPER ACCOUNTABILITY.
FORTUNATELY: THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION FEES/PROCESSING FEES WILL BE
OFFICIAL USE FOR PROCURING YOUR EM-POWERING DOCUMENTS.
DR VINCENT SHERIFF
THE FOREIGN REMITTANCE DIRECTOR
AFRICAN DEVELPMENT BANK [A.D.B]
At this point the victim (Harish) notified the police.