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Scam Money Transfers from Lawyers / Barristers
Example -
Richard Johnson
"With a wealthy dead client named, (insert your last name here), who put YOU in his WILL"

Have you received an email from "Richard Johnson", claiming that he is an attorney for a dead wealthy man (insert your last name here), in this case) who left no heirs?  It's a mystery who the dead guy is or why he named you, but you better reply pretty quickly or risk losing millions from the "WILL". And for some reason, the word, Will, appears in capital letters throughout the email. Along with a description of what a great guy the dead man was... which is pretty strange in a business letter from a law firm, isn't it?  Also notice that the "lawyer" is writing to you from a free email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.)  Of course, even if this were true; you would be committing several felonies, including fraud. Also see this version of the Richard Johnson scam

If you are still salivating and eager to fill out the form, we can assume you 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).

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

Scam email from "Richard Johnson":

Plot 5678, Ahmadu Bello way,
Victoria Island.
Lagos - Nigeria


Attention :Smith

I am Barrister Richard Johnson, a Solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr. Dennis Smith,nationality of your country. He was a specialist Seasoned Contractor with Shell Petroleum Company in Lagos - Nigeria, who unfortunately died in the plane crash of Union Transport Africans Flight Boeing 727 in Cotonuo, Benin Republic on the December 26,2003. You will read more stories about the crash on visiting this website below; 

Before his death on the 26th December 2003. He has a fixed Deposit account with one of the biggest commercial bank here in Nigeria and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me that his supposed next of kin died along with him in the crash. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients Extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these Several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you but I know you donít know him neither are you his relative, but you having thesame surname with my late client we can finalise this transaction successfully and have this deposit transfered into your designated account without any problem,before the deadline date given to me by the bank management to confisticate and declare this fund unserviceable into the bank vault.

Consequently, Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4 years now. I seek your consent to present you as the legitimate next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of his account valued at S$20.5million can be paid into your account and afterwards you and i can share the money. 60% for me,35% for you and 5% for any expenses incurred during the course of this transaction.I will obtain all the necessary legal documents on your behalf to back up your claim as the legitimate next of kin to my late client deposits and properties. All I require is your honest co-operation and sincereness to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the Law and am assuring you that it is 100% risk free transaction.

If this proposal is acceptable by you, do send your reply to my email: 

Best Regards

Richard Johnson,Esq.


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