I'm heading out on a story shortly this morning, so I apologize for not expanding too much on today's submission, but there are a couple things I specifically want to point out.
We've talked in the past about how scammers try to capitalize on tragedy. Well, in the note below, "Dr. Paul Mirza" or whoever he/she is, says they want me to help them spend millions of dollars that once belonged to David McDowell Brown. For those who don't remember, he was one of the astronauts who died in the Columbia Space Shuttle crash a decade ago.
Apparently, "Dr. Paul Mirza" wants us to believe his wife and his daughter died in that crash as well. So, basically, he's flunked American History and scamming as well.
One internet search, less than ten seconds, helps reveal this for what it truly is: a scam.
Just hit delete. The post tomorrow will be later in the day as I'll be getting back from the shoot mid-day.
From: Dr.Paul Mirza [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:46 AM
Subject: BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
Yorkshire Banking plc, London.
How are you and your family? I hope my letter meets you in the best mood.
My name is Dr. Paul Mirza , Operations / Regional Manager Yorkshire Bank , London. I chose this top secret / confidential cooperation with you described herein, for our mutual benefit. During the annual audit of our bank, I discovered an abandoned / unclaimed funds, the sum total of which is £ 30,000,000 GBP (30 million British pounds) in an account belonging to one of our foreign customers (late David McDowell Brown) of Arlington Virginia in the U.S.A. who unfortunately lost his life together with his wife and daughter with the whole crew on the first February 2003 through the southern United States space shuttle to Columbia.
I found that he had no particular family or designated beneficiary on the account, after going through his writings in our bank. I am sincerely and consciously seeking to present , you as the will be next of kin / beneficiary to the deceased so that the sum of 30 million pounds sterling will be converted to your custody and we shall share in a percentage ratio of 50% for me and 40% for you, while 10% will be for all costs of the transaction. I need your honest cooperation, trust and absolute confidentiality so that we successfully complete this transaction.
I declare and promise that this transaction shall be under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, both in your country and here in London, as the fund is transferred to your nominated bank account . After examination and acceptance of this offer, please forward this information to me immediately on my private e-mail address for more discussion: email@example.com
-Your full name:
-Your full contact address:
-Your mobile phone direct number :
I will update the information in our database to reflect , that you are the next of kin / beneficiary named on this account, I will communicate with the bank for the transfer of this fund to you.
Note: We have to deal a few days to conclude on banking business .
With expectations of your positive response.