I just cannot understand why the type of scammers sending out these 419 type of email scams make all the small mistakes like in the below. They haven’t even managed to get the name right. In the from field, it’s spelled Luggard, but in the text and the reply-to address it’s Lugard.
And why did the deceased contractor always work for Shell Petroleum? Can’t they bring up any other large company names? Why is it never Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Sun or even IKEA?
From: Edward Luggard <email@example.com>
Subject: please let me know immediately
Date: Tuesday 11 oct 2005 04.55.10 GMT+02:00
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
I am Barrister Edward Lugard, a Solicitor at law and the personal attorney to late Mr. Mark Michelle a National of France, who used to be a private contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Saudi Arabia, herein after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2002, he and his wife with their three children were involved in an auto crash; all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
Since then, I have made several enquiries with his country’s embassies to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you with this business partnership proposal. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating a huge amount of money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Finance/Security Company where these huge deposits was lodged. The deceased had a deposit valued presently at $21million US Dollars and the Company has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin or Beneficiary by Will otherwise have the account confiscated within the next thirty official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 Years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / Will Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at $21Million US dollars can be paid to you. This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest Co-operation, Confidentiality and Trust to enable us see this transaction through.
I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me urgently by E-mail:(firstname.lastname@example.org) as I am presently in Ireland and provide me the following
1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number
3. Your Contact Address.
Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.
Barrister Edward Lugard