Scam email: Paul Chibu, an attorney for a dead wealthy man

Scam Money Transfers
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Paul Chibu:
"We are duty bound to each other in terms of trust and a proportionate exchange of information to ensure this venture is a mutual win-win proposition"

Have you received an email from "Paul Chibu", claiming that he is an attorney for a dead wealthy man with no heirs?  And he wants you to help defraud the estate by claiming to be the next of kin because you happen to have the same last name as the dead man?  If the obvious illegality of the deal doesn't stop you, perhaps the fact that it is all just a scam to get YOU to send the scammer money.

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

Scam email from "Paul Chibu":

From : paul < >
Reply-To :
Sent : Friday, January 19, 2007
Subject : More information

Attention: John Smith ,

Thanks for your prompt and sensitive message to me. It may interest you to know that I got your contact from a directory and then decided to contact you. Of course it is entirely my right to choose whosover I want for this affair. However I must inform you that I am a very spiritual person and I have a strong convinction to deal with you. I have a moral obligation to do this instead of the funds getting lost.

I view this as a business partnership where traditionally both parties share in the rewards because of our participating roles. We are duty bound to each other in terms of trust and a proportionate exchange of information to ensure this venture is a mutual win-win proposition.

The institution recognizes me as the attorney and sole executor of my late client's estate and will partly depend on my evidential presentation to release this consignment/fund to you. As I have implied earlier, you need therefore to take all precautions and spare no expense to keep this matter entirely confidential. I wouldn't want to lose my legal practising licence if this is exposed. On conclusion of the transaction, we will share the proceeds 50-50.

Having said thus, you should know that trust is the engine that drives this kind of business and in the absence of it, things might go awry afterwards. 

I also expect that you have accepted the sharing formula as it must not pose any problem for us after the deal. Before we proceed on this deal, I believe you will both understand and appreciate that my requests for the above information certainly seem fair given the control and role that you have as the receiver of the funds. The mutual trust and dependency for accurate information is a two way street and the engine that drives this kind business. The basis for the establishment of mutual trust is not exhaustive though. Therefore don't hesitate to send to me any other information you deem fit as a further proof of your loyalty.

Awaiting your resonse.

Barrister Paul Chibu, (Esq)

Tel: + 228 977-18-91

N/B: The next of kinship is not limited to relations of the deceased nor is it confided to the circuit of parental relationship, rather it is by choice of the benefactor as regards to whom he wish to will it to (beneficiary) either formally by write up, or informally by secret information disclosure to the beneficiary, be him/her business partner, relation,kinsmen,friends or well wisher, therefore by virtue of the above stated, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to my late client since the supposed next of kin also died along with him.

The truth remains that you may or may not be the real relative to my late client, but for the fact that he has the same last/surname with you, you can with my aid as his personal lawyer be approved by the firm as his next of kin because I have all the secret information that are contained in this security file jacket with the firm that will facilitate that.

This transaction should be between us and it shall remain confidential for security reasons till success is achieved to avoid misconception from whom you may have carelessly leaked this secreet information to.

Expecting your call immediately with mail.

Another variation of the scam from "Paul Chibu"

>From : paul chibu < >
Reply-To :
Sent : Thursday, January 18, 2007 11:45 AM
Subject : Regarding Late Mr. J. Smith

Pauch Chambers
Solicitors & Advocates
Block 2, Flat 5, Rue du Riviera,
PB 491,
Date 18/01/2007

Attn: Dear Smith

Re: Regarding Late Mr. J. Smith

I am Barrister Paul Chibu, a legal practitioner, I am the personal attorney to Mr. J. Smith, a national Of your country, who used to work with Mobil Development Company in Lome, Togo. He used to be my client.

On the 7th June, 2004, my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a car accident along Nouvissi express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here 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. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$6.7 million left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the finance firm where this huge amount were deposited.

The said Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days. Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for the claim.

All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the law.

Awaiting your urgent response.

Best Regards,

Barrister Paul Chibu


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