Here is a Japanese variation of the ”lost relative” scam, sent to two different email addresses. None of them displaying the To recipient, but both publicly available on the www.
It’s a very strange setup, and I doubt it will actually work out very well. Also, didn’t these scammers stop even for a second to think about appearance? Why would a Japanese broker be using a free South African email address?
Date: March 2, 2005 15.49.23 MET
Ref: ZA-296-ENQR / YOKOHAMA
I work for Yokozuna Financial Consultancy that is in the middle of a very important enquiry. I am getting in touch with you on behalf of our client, which is a top Japanese Bank (Yokohama Bank). We are conducting a search for any next of kin for a particular investor who has passed on.
Please do you have any relatives who have lived in Japan for the last 30 years or more. Also are you aware of any relatives who might have been into real estate or a huge investor in Energy.
We understand that this might be all too sudden for you, however we will appreciate that you get back to us even if no one of the above description is known to you.
This will help us put an end to this matter. The reason we are getting in touch with you is because you share the same name with the individual.
Please can you send us a mail indicating if you know any one with the above description. Also If no one of such description is known to you please send us a mail stating that, as this Will help us stop further communication with you.
Can you please send your reply to me using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, as I am in charge of this enquiry.
Please kindly get in touch by email to this enquiry, as this will enable us stop further communication with you.
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