Monday, May 25, 2009

Facebook Spear Phishing, New 419 Scam

I received the follow email via Facebook last night that is a new variation on the old 419 scam:
Wilson sent you a message.

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Subject: Attn: Bill Gardner

Alexander JLO - Solicitors
11 Lanark Square
Glengall Bridge
London E14 9RE
United Kingdom.
TEL:+44 794 4145 981
Fax:+44 794 4416 262


Good day: Bill ,



This is a personal E-mail directed to you and I request that
it be treated as such.

I am Barrister Wilson Baker, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the late Engr Gerald Gardner herein after referred to as'my client' who worked as an independent oil magnate in my country and who died in a plane crash with his immediate family in December 2003.

Since the death of my client, I have written several letters to the embassy with an intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be
claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail.

More-so, I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client deposited a notably high amount of money.

On this note i decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a similar last name, I was urged to contact you, that I may with your consent, present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's surviving family member so as to enable you put up a claim to the bank in that capacity as a next of kin of my client.

I find this possible for the fuller reasons that you bear a similar last name with my client making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim in that
capacity.

I propose that 35% of the net sum will accrue to you at the conclusion of this deal in so far as I do not incure further expenses.

Therefore, to facilitate the immediate transfer of this funds, you need, first to contact me via my private email:(wilsonbaker3@yahoo.co.uk) for better confidentiality, signifying your interest and as soon as I obtain your confidence I will immediately appraise you with the complete details as well as fax you the documents, with which you are to proceed and i shall direct you on how to put up an application to the bank.

However, you will have to accent to an express agreement which I will forward to you in order to bind us in this transaction.

Upon the receipt of your reply,I will send you by fax or E-mail the next step to take.I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer.

Like I said, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this.

Best regards,
Wilson Baker Esq
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I have to admit this version of the scam is compelling enough to make me actually read the email. This version of the scam actually lists an address and telephone number, but why would a lawyer use a Yahoo email address? This is just another example of how far people will go to attempt to get between you and your money.

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21 Comments:

Blogger b-rad said...

Thanks for the heads up! I got a similar facebook message, searched Barrister's name, and was led to this link.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous KDS said...

There certainly were a lot of oil magnates named Gerald and their immediate families who died in a plane crash in Mr Wilson's country. He claimed the same story to my facebook account with my family's (rare) last name.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Zangreras said...

Grazie mille. Ne ho ricevuta una identica. Se non avessi effettuato dei controlli avrei abboccato. Grazie di nuovo.

Oggetto: All'attenzione di: Erasmo Zangrillo

Alexander Jlo - solicitors
11 Piazza Lanark
Glengall Bridge
Londra E14 9RE
Regno Unito.
TEL: +44 794 4145 981



Buon giorno: Erasmo,



Si tratta di un personale E-mail diretta a voi e chiedo che
che devono essere trattate come tali.

Sono barrister Wilson Baker, il diritto a un avvocato. Io sono il personale
avvocato / esecutore unico al fine engr Gerald Zangrillo qui di seguito denominato
'il mio client' che ha lavorato come un magnate del petrolio nel mio paese e che è morto
in un incidente aereo con il suo nucleo familiare, nel dicembre 2003.

Dal momento che la morte del mio cliente, ho scritto diverse lettere per l'ambasciata, con
l'intento di individuare uno dei suoi parenti esteso quali è
richiedenti / beneficiari del suo personale abbandonato immobiliari e tutti questi sforzi
si sono rivelati infruttuosi.

Più così, ho ricevuto lettere ufficiali nelle ultime settimane che suggerisce un
probabile procedimento per la confisca dei suoi beni personali abbandonati in linea con
le leggi esistenti da parte della banca in cui il mio cliente ha depositato la particolare elevata quantità di
soldi.

In questo ho deciso di cercare una persona credibile e trovare che si recano
un analogo cognome, mi ha invitato a contatto con voi, perché io con il tuo consenso,
presenti al "fiduciario", come la mia banca ritardo del cliente superstiti familiare in modo
per consentire di inserire fino a un credito che la banca in qualità di parenti delle
il mio cliente.

Trovo che questo sia il più ampia possibile, per ragioni che portano un simile cognome
con il mio client di rendere molto più facile per voi a mettere in su un credito che
capacità.

Propongo che il 35% della somma netta matureranno a voi, a conclusione di questo
affrontare, in quanto io non incure ulteriori spese.

Pertanto, al fine di facilitare il trasferimento immediato dei fondi di questo, è necessario, prima
a contatto con me attraverso la mia e-mail privato: (wilsonbaker3 @ http://www.facebook.com/l/; yahoo.co.uk) per
meglio la riservatezza, a significare l'interesse e, non appena ho ottenere il
Ho fiducia che immediatamente si valuta con la completa dettagli così come
fax i documenti, con il quale si sono di procedere e mi sono diretto sul modo in cui si
a mettere in su una richiesta alla banca.

Tuttavia, si dovrà esprimere accento a un accordo che mi trasmettono alla
ti, allo scopo di impegnare noi in questa transazione.

Al ricevimento della Sua risposta, io ti invierà via fax o e-mail il passo successivo alla
take.I non mancherà di portare alla vostra nota che questa proposta è intoppo-gratis
e che non si deve intrattenere alcun timore, come richiesto regime
stato fatto per il completamento del trasferimento.

Come ho detto, richiedono solo una solenne riservatezza in merito.

Con i migliori saluti,
Wilson Baker Esq.

10:55 AM  
Blogger oncee said...

Here's the Babel Fish translation of the above comment:

Thanks thousands. Of it I have received an identical one. If you had not carried out of the controls I would have bitten. Thanks of new.

Object: All' attention of: Erasmo Zangrillo

Alexander Jlo - solicitors
11 Lanark Public square Glengall Bridge
London E14 9RE United Kingdom. TEL: +44 794 4145 981

Good day: Erasmo, Draft of a personal email directed to you and I ask myself that that they must be dealt like such. They are barrister Wilson Baker, the right to a lawyer.

I am the staff lawyer/only executor to the aim engr Gerald Zangrillo of continuation here called ' mine client' that he has worked like a magnate of the oil in my country and that is died in an aircraft incident with its familiar nucleus, in December 2003.

From the moment that the dead women of my customer, I have written various letters for l' embassy, with l' attempt to characterize one of its relatives extensive which is petitioners/beneficiaries of its abandoned staff real estate and all these efforts they have revealed themselves unfruitful.

More thus, I have received official letters in the last weeks that one suggests probable procedure for the seizure of its abandoned personal assets online with the existing laws from the bank in which the my customer high amount of money has deposited the detail.

In this I have decided to try a credible person and to find that they o an analogous last name, has invited to me to contact with you, because I with your consent, present to the " fiduciario" , like my bank delay of the familiar customer survivors in way in order to concur to insert till a credit that the bank in quality of relatives of my customer.

I find that this is widest possible, for reasons that they carry a similar last name with mine client to render very easier for you to put in on a credit that ability. I propose that 35% of the clean sum will mature you, to conclusion of this to face, as I not ulterior incure expenses.

Therefore, to the aim to facilitate the immediate transfer of the deep ones of this, it is necessary, before to contact with me through my private email: (wilsonbaker3 @ http://www.facebook.com/l/; yahoo.co.uk) in order better the confidentiality, to mean l' interest and, not as soon as I have to obtain I have confidence that immediately currency with complete the details thus like fax the documents, with which they are to proceed and me they are direct on the way in which to put in on a demand to the bank.

However, accent to an agreement will have to be expressed transmits that me to you, in order to engage we in this transaction. On reception of Its answer, I will send via fax or email the successive step to you to take. He will not lack to carry to your famous one that this proposal is difficulty-gratis and that some fear does not have to be entertained, like demanded regime state made for the completion of the transfer. As

I have said, they demand only a solemn confidentiality in merit. With the best salutes, Wilson Baker Esq.

12:06 PM  
Blogger inget said...

Thank you for all friends. I also got the same email in facebook from him (Wilson Baker) UK. And telling the same story only change the last name (rare one I think).
Rudi Adeboi.

7:09 AM  
Blogger inget said...

Thank you for all friends. I also got the same email in facebook from him (Wilson Baker) UK. And telling the same story only change the last name (rare one I think).
Rudi Adeboi.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I received the exact same email via Facebook today, July 1st. The only difference was of course my last name as well as the name of the solicitor. My barrister's name was Herbert Owen. I reported them to Facebook, not realizing they'd used the name of an actual law firm.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

must of been a lot of oil magnates in that plane

3:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, yes i have had exactly the same email!
Although i rang the number and the man infact answered, he sounded African, and i emailed him back because he said he would ring me. I almost got sucked in untill i found this.
Thank you very much, and i will be very Careful in the future.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks again, this is a good one. The foreboding doom if you believe them:

"this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears"

"facilitate the transfer of this funds, you need, first to contact me via my private email"

Yikes!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, I actually went with it and contacted him via email. He hasn't responded. I am so naive. I always new there was something strange about the email. Thank God I came across this.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I JUST GOT IT

11:00 PM  
Anonymous John Walker said...

I got one similar aswell

4:55 PM  
Anonymous hanum said...

I couldn't open my facebook inbox and I was given a warning message from Facebook team. What's going on? Thank's

7:04 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

I am the real senior partner of the real Alexander JLO Solicitors. I can only ask anyone who receives details of this or similar scams (or knows of anyone who receives these details) to check out the the web-site of the firm concerned and ask a direct enquiry. We have reported this to the authorities as we are very concerned about the abuse of our name.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Peter:
Good luck to you and your firm. It is a shame that people would do such a thing: trying this scam using a real law firm's name.

I received the facebook message as well, but the solicitor in mine was Daniel Baker, and there was no mention of a plane crash or anything. It was just a "business offer" regarding the "late Gerald [my last name]." The tip off for me was the poor grammar and misspellings.

Seems like you almost have to be paranoid these days....

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recieved the following:

Alexander JLO - Solicitors
11 Lanark Square
Glengall Bridge
London E14 9RE
United Kingdom.

Goodday Billy Barnwell,

This is a personal E-mail directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I am David Bamber a solicitor at law practicing in London.

I have a proposition to bring to your attention if you would be interested. This is about late Gerald Barnwell. I have been given final notice to present his relative to come for his assets or else it will be forfeited. I have done thorough search in order to identify any of his relatives, but all efforts have been abortive.

kindly contact me via my private email for detailed information and better confidentiality: bamber01david@gmail.com

Sincerely,
David Bamber Esq.

Interesting Mr. Bamber has only one friend on face book. I made the unfortunate mistake of emailing him. I could not find him associated with this firm.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Al said...

The saga continues. I just received the following:

David Bamber June 8 at 8:23am Report
Alexander JLO - Solicitors
11 Lanark Square
Glengall Bridge
London E14 9RE
United Kingdom.

Good day AL Bornmann,

This is a personal E-mail directed to you and I request that it be treated as such. I am David Bamber a solicitor at law practicing in London.

I have a proposition to bring to your attention if you would be interested. This is about late Gerald Bornmann. I have been given final notice to present his relative to come for his assets or else it will be forfeited. I have done thorough search in order to identify any of his relatives, but all efforts have been abortive.

kindly contact me via my private email for detailed information and better confidentiality: bamber01david@gmail.com

Sincerely,
David Bamber Esq.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this notice. I got the same message through my Facebook account. From a "David Bamber" of the same firm and the "relative" had the same first name: Gerald.

Looks like it just inserts your last name after "Gerald" to bait the hook.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Bamber was my contact. Seemed a bit too good to be true. My name is very rare and I was surprised to see someone with my family name in England.

Just thought I would check out the Alexander JLO comany and whilst typing it in to Google, saw the predictive text come up the Alex..... Scam, leading me here. Thanks guys.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am posting a comment as well to try and keep this item near the top of the Google list. I received this email today as well. Only changing the last name of the person.Thank you very much for posting this information

7:46 PM  

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