Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Did you receive an email from a "GREGORY NTOSI" who "is writing to solicit your sincere co-operation in order to redeem an investment interest currently being held under TRUST with the DEPARTMENT of ENERGY and MINERAL RESOURCES.". It's the usual dead, wealthy person with no will and no heirs and you-have-the-same-last-name - scam! "GREGORY NTOSI" will just change the name of the dead man to match your surname. the claim that "unclaimed funds are... credited to the Government for purchase of military equipments" is, of course, completely false; just a nice scammer touch to make the fraud work. It is a rather preposterous statement in any case.
Even if this were all true, you would be committing several felonies and would end up in prison. In reality, it is all a scam. GREGORY NTOSI (not his real name, obviously) hopes to con you into sending money for various "fees" to free the fortune. If you would like a step by step explanation of how this type of "Advance Fee Fraud" works, click here!
Notice (highlighted below) some of the other obvious signs that this is a scam are poor spelling , use of free Yahoo/Hotmail/etc email accounts, proposals that make no sense, etc.:
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 12:40:30 -0700From: "GREGORY NTOSI" < email@example.com >Subject: REPLYDEAR SIR/MADAM
FROM: MR.GREGORY NTOSI
NO-2 LOUIS BOTHA WAY,
I will begin by introducing myself to you as the Chief Accounting Officer, Department of Energy and Mineral resources, Republic of South Africa I have the privilege of having your name, courtesy of one of the International Business Journals here, and I am writing to solicit your sincere co-operation in order to redeem an investment interest currently being held under TRUST with the DEPARTMENT of ENERGY and MINERAL RESOURCES.
The said investment, which is, now valued at USD8.5M was originally purchased by MR.GARVIN MOLEX and leased in 1998 to LABROUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED. At maturity of the contractor died in May 20 00, several attempts have been made without success, to contact Mr. GARVIN MOLEX or any of his relatives in whose favour the cash value for the redeemed investment could be made.
As the Head of accounts in the Department, I have, with my Director General (DG) carefully initiated the process of filing a claim for the money with the hope of having the Fund Transferred abroad for investment on our behalf and, we are hopeful you will agree with our intention to arrange payment of the claim in your name. We require that you let us prepare and file the claim for the money from this Department indicating your name as the appointed beneficiary of the FUND. Upon approval of the payment of this claim, you will Beeped, EIGHT MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ,and since the money will be paid directly into an bank account to be nominated by you, you will have the responsibility to ensure that we receive our share of the money which I and my colleague ha ve decided will be 70% while you will keep 25% as your personal commission, and 5% will be set aside for expenses that might arise during the cause of transfer.
I have to assure you however, that we are to make the payment of the Fund possible, provided you are ready to give us a very strong GUARANTEE that our share of the fund will be secured in your Hands and that you would not betray our trust in making the transfer of the Fund into your Bank account.
This is a very safe and risk-free involvement as it is not prone to any Enquirer since we are all active partners and will not want to loose our positions in Government and the Department.
Meanwhile I demand that you keep this transaction very Private and confidential in view of our personal involvement. Full details of the processes for the claim will be provided as soon as we receive your response and acceptance to be part of this agreement. I expect the immediate indication of y our interest by emailing my private address
Kindly adopt and treat accordingly.
NB. Remember to include your private phone and fax number and a copy of your identification to show your trust and willingness in this transaction.