I had said I was going to give you an example of a 419 scam that I received in an e-mail. This scammer decided to use a company e-mail address that does not seem to be valid however the .com site it is on was some biological research company out of Equador. They also had another reply to email address which was out of yahoo in China. This scammers e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I did a search on part of the e-mail he had sent me and it was posted all over the net as a scam and they had been using different e-mail addresses. Now this scammer claimed to have an e-mail address from this site in Equador was because it had the same initials as this bank he claimed to be a part of in China. This person obviously assumed that I wasn't too intelligent and that I was not going to check out the .com e-mail they had sent. This scammer obviously hacked into this company's server in Equador and sent the initial e-mail from there. When I received a reply from this scammer since he sent it from his China e-mail address it was a China ip address. Anyways, here is the copy from this conversation:
I am Phillip Essex, Principal Assurance manager for the China Trust Commercial Bank in China. I have an obscured business suggestion for you. I here-by seeking your service in helping me recieve a large amount of money and in giving a clear research and feasibility studies on areas I could invest on. you will be a partner, if your recommendation is accepted.
The funds will be available as well for you to claim directly by travelling down to sign some papers.
I await your response.
Kindly Simply Reply.
My response was..........
I received your e-mail about your business opportunity and am very interested in joining you. I have sold some stock recently so I have come up with a very large amount of money which I would like to invest in this venture with you. Please send me more information on this opportunity and we will take it from there.
A couple days later "Phil" sent me this
I am getting in touch with you regarding some funds of a client with an investment placed under our banks management 7 years ago.
I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication.
In 2003, the subject matter; first name (BERNARD, last name MADOFF) came to our bank to engage in a business discussions with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of 15.1 million United States dollars, which he wished to have us invest on his behalf.
Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over 20 million United States Dollars. In mid 2005, he instructed that the principal sum (15.1M) be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in Hong Kong. We got in touch with a specialist bank in Hong Kong the Dah Sing Bank (DSB) who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make cash available to (Mr. MADOFF). However Dah Sing Bank got in touch with us last year that this money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out that (Mr. MADOFF) was involved in a huge ponzi scam that rocked the United States, which caused him his career and is now in jail. It is for this reason I write you.
What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to this file, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds, I can make the funds available as well for you to claim directly by travelling down to sign some papers, then you can move the money to an offshore account. For all your troubles I propose that we split the money 60% for me and 40% for you. In the banking circle this happens every time.
Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the key to these funds, and as a Banker in China, I see so much cash and funds being re-assigned daily. I would want us to keep communication for now strictly by email.
Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Please pardon my writing mistakes.
I await your response.
So I guess good ol Bernie Madoff has some money available for me huh?
UPDATE 11/2/10: I sent "Phillip Essex" a new email yesterday just to see where he/she is at. This is the email I sent.
My name is George Wammer I am a very wealthy ambassador for the USA. I would like to invest a total of 22.5 Million USD to your company. Please reply soon as my time is valuable and I would like to make money soon.
After sending this e-mail I learned that my friend "Phillip" no longer has this e-mail....
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