Today we have a new 419 for your entertainment. It came via a trash Hotmail account I have, and I saw it sitting there in the junk folder, just waiting to be read. In this tall tale, we read of a man named Erin Jacobson who perished with his entire family in plane crash and somehow I am the next of kin, and beneficiary of a percentage of $31 million dollars. Of course it's a great big 'ol lie, playing on the greed of those unaware of these 419 scams. Let's take a closer look.
The body of the email reads:
Dear Good friend,
I am Mr. Vincent Zulu From Pretoria South Africa. I work with a Bank here in South Africa.
With due respect and regard, I am writing you from my office for a business that will be of immense benefit to both of us.
In my department, being the Private Banking Manager (Pretoria Office), I discovered an abandoned sum of $31,500,000 (Thirty One million five hundred thousand United States Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Dr. Erin Jacobson who died with his entire family in Montana plane crash on March 23, 2009, on their way to a group sky vacation.
The choice of contacting you was aroused from the geographical nature of where you live, particularly due to the sensitivity of this transaction and the confidentiality herein. Now our bank has been waiting for any of the relatives to come-up for the claim but nobody has done that. I personally have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for past two years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin/Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at $31,500,000.00 can be paid to you.
This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me and 35% to you and 5% will be set aside to take care of all expenses. I have secured all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up this claim we are about to do. All I need is to fill in your names into the documents and legalize it in the court here to prove you as the legitimate beneficiary.This is purely legal.
All I require now is your honest co-operation; Confidentiality and Trust to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please, provide me the following: as we have five days to run it through. This is very URGENT PLEASE.
1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number
3. Your Contact Address.
Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you hoping that you will find this proposal interesting.
Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest, I will furnish you with more information. Endeavor to let me know your decision rather than keep me waiting.
I am urgently waiting for your response.
Mr. Vincent Zulu
This email came from [email protected], though the reply-to address was [email protected] It was caught by Hotmail’s spam filters and the subject of the email was “This is Mr. Vincent Zulu. I need your partnership..?”
The “plane crash” angle is very similar to a 419 I wrote about nearly two years ago, in an article entitled Helping Frank Jones get his $15 Million. That 419 also used a phony plane crash story in an attempt to gain personal information.
As with every 419, this is a fake story, sent to large numbers of people in hopes of getting a couple of people to take the bait. Once these poor souls hand over their personal information, they could easily find themselves cleaned out and harassed by con men on the other side of the world. Don’t be that person! Delete any emails like this and forget about it! We’ve written about several 419s here on Waffles, some of which we’ve posted below.