iScammers just like any other kind ov scam artists like to bait their plot with something just about legal. If you bite, their notion is that you will be less inclined to report the scammer to the authorities. In the scam mail below, the bait is 18 million dollars, and the hook is that the operation is quite illegal plus the fact that the so called barrister Fidelis Izuka happenes to have contacted the wrong person. My first name is Niklas, but ny last name is Lindqvist. Sso why should I be a relative to the deceased?
The mail is probably formed to match lots of first names (or at least first positions of email addresses). Of course I have no relative who died in a Nigerian explotion, but the double bait is that by going futher, pretenting to be this relative, I will provide the scammer with an opportunity to pull out in the last moment, while holding on to any administrative costs that I would have paid during the process.
From: ”Fidelisizuka” email@example.com
Subject: FROM BARRISTER IZUKA TO NIKLAS
Reply to: ”Fidelisizuka” firstname.lastname@example.org
CHIEF HON FIDELIS IZUKA L.L.B. L.L.M B.L
REGISTERED ATTORNEY AT LAW
LEGAL PRACTITIONER AND CONSULTANAT
MEMBER CONSTITUTION DRAFTING COMITTEE 1995
ADDRESS:Suite 8 Falomo Shopping Complex, Ikoyi LAGOS
I am Barr. FIDELIS IZUKA (SAN) personal attorney to Engr. B.NIKLAS, a national of your country, who used to work with Eleme Construction & Development Company here in Nigeria herein after shall be referred to as my client.
My client was involved in the explosion in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 27, 2002 which, claim many lives and property. Unfortunately, my client lost his live in that disaster that needed not to have happened. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy 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 Icontacted you.
My purpose of contacting you is to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client prior to his death before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the company where this huge deposits were lodged in, where the deceased had an account valued at about US$18 Million dollars. The company had issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next 14 official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over one year now I seek your consent as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name/surname so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$18 million dollars can be paid to you. I hav all the necessary official and legal documents that can be used to back up your claim. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable me as the legal attorney to the deceased in seeing that you receive your inheritance fund. I guarantee that this will be executed legitimately to protect you from any breach of the law.
See the website of the bomb explosion below:
Please get in touch with me by my personal email address to enable us discuss further. Email: email@example.com
Barr. FIDELIS IZUKA (SAN)
The disasterrelief.org website looks quite legitimate, and the explosion has occored. The most horrible thing is that there even exists a Dr. Fidelis Izuka (just try a Google search for his name). However, his name has been hijacked by the scammers in the above mail.