Regular readers--again, I'm referring to you, Mom--know that few things generate more red flags for me that excessive punctuation in an email allegedly offering me free money. The more exclamation points, the more convinced I am that this is fake.

So, today's submission purports to provide me with 7.4 million pounds which under today's conversion rates comes out to about $12.2 million. Apparently, this "lawyer," Jonathan Bradshaw, represents a fella named "Mr. Mark," who died in a 2005 car crash leaving behind all that money. Now Mr. Bradshaw writes, that he has "in my possession, legal documents that would confer on you legal rights of the claim."

Yeah, and the Cubs are going to win the World Series this year. I'd love it to happen, but it's not reality. 

There's no such thing as free money. This is what happens when a fake lawyer offers up fake money and puts lots of exclamation points in the subject line to entice me to believe otherwise.

I'm not falling for it. I've posted it below. Just hit delete.


UPDATE: You may remember earlier this week, we reported on a scam where the Federal Reserve allegedly had millions to send my way. We received an email from the media coordinator at the Fed in New York, who wanted me to pass along these tips about scams that have mentioned the Fed in the past. (

Apparently, maybe more than just my mother read this blog. Hmmm....

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:47 AM
To: Recipients
Subject: ** Greetings!!! **


I'm Jonathan Bradshaw, counsel to the late (Mr. Mark) who died in a car crash in 2005 along with his immediate family in London. He left behind an investment of about 7.4 Million Pounds with a finance house here in the UK before his demise.

I have in my possession, legal documents that would confer on you legal rights of the claim. Kindly revert back for further deliberations via my private email ( ).

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Jonathan Bradshaw.