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Scam Money Transfers from Lawyers / Barristers
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Sammy Max
"With a wealthy dead client named, Mr. Philip) who used to work with Zenith Oil and Gas Company in Nigeria, who put YOU in his WILL"

Have you received an email from "Sammy Max", claiming that he is an attorney for a dead wealthy man (Mr. Philip) who used to work with Zenith Oil and Gas Company in Nigeria, in this case) who named YOU in his will?  It's a mystery who the dead guy is (If he is such a "well known philanthropist" why hasn't anyone heard of him?) 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.)

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!

We've highlighted a few of the more obvious clues...


Scam email from "Sammy Max":

Attention:

Your name and e-mail address came up in a random draw conducted by our law firm, (Sammy & Co Chambers,) in Lagos,Nigeria. I am Barrister Sammy Max, the Legal Adviser and counsel to a deceased expatriate contractor (Mr. Philip) who used to work with Zenith Oil and Gas Company here in Nigeria thereafter shall be referred as my late client. On the December 26th 2003, my client and his entire family died in a plane crash in cotonou, Benin Republic. You will read more stories about the crash on visiting this website: www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash/

He was a well known philanthropist before he died, he made a Will stating that $9.2m(Nine Million Two Hundred Thousand USA Dollars Only) should be donated to any Philanthropist of our choice overseas. We have made a random draw where your name and e-mail address was picked as the beneficiary to this Will.

I am particularly interested in securing this money from the bank, because they have issued a notice instructing us to produce the beneficiary of this Will within two weeks or else the money will be credited to the Government treasury as per law here.

It is my utmost desire to execute the Will of our late client (Mr.Philip) in your favour and therefore, you are required to contact me immediately to start the process of sending this money to any or your designated official account.

However, I want you to forward to me your

FULL NAMES :

ADDRESS :

OCCUPATION :

PHONE NUMBER:

AGE :

NATIONALITY :

MARRIAGE STATUS:

Upon the receipt of the aboved information I will obtain from the Federal High Court a Sworn Affidavit on your behalf and i will also forward your full name and address to the bank as the bank has already make request for this to enable them issue the beneficiary certificate in your favour.

Please act fast and contact me via my private email address ( lawyersammymax@yahoo.com.cn )

Regards,

Barrister Sammy Max



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