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This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Advance Fee Fraud: Josh Patrick

I've decided to delete without comment a large number of lottery wins and 419 fraud spams just so I can catch up after my recent break. Sorry world, but I can't report every single deceptive spam out there. Anyway, this one is relatively fresh: received from ( on Mon, 18 Jul 2005 15:33:18 +0000, the headers suggest it was injected into the mail system via a webmail system, which is typical modus operandi for a 419er.

I am Josh Patrick I got your contact through a friend who attended a trade
mission in your country, but I did not disclose the nature of the business
to him.I have urgent and very confidential business proposal for you. 
 On June 6, 1999, an America Oilconsultant/contractor, MMr.Charles Ballass
with MICOP PETROLEUM COMPANY, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve
calendar months, valued at US$20,700,000.00(Twenty Million Seven Hundred
Thousand Dollars )in my branch upon maturity. I sent a rountine notification
to his forwarding address but got no reply.After a month,we sent a reminder
and finally we discovered from his contract employers,the MICOP PETROLEUM
COMPANY that he died in the plane crash of 31 October 1999[with Egyptian
99 0] with other passengers aboaed as you can confirm it yourself via
the website below: 
on further investigation, i found out that he died without making a WILL,and
attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. 
I therefore made further investigation anddiscovered that Mr.
Charles Ballassi did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his
official documents, including his bank deposit paperwork in my bank. This
sum of US$20,700,000.00 is still in my bank and the interest isbeing rolled
over with the pricipal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come
forward to claim it. 
 According to Government law, at the expiration of five)years, the money
will revert to the ownership of the  Government if nobody applies to claim
the fund. Consequently,my proposal is that i will like you as
 a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr.Charles Ballassi so that the
fruit of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt
Government officials. This is simple,I will like you to provide immediately
your full name and address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary
documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin.

We shall employ the service of two attorney for the drafting and notarization
of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration
in your favour for the transfer. 

Any bank account in any part of the world which you will provide will then
facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in ratio of 75%
for me and 25% for you. There
is no risk at all, the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the
attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful
execution of ths transac tion. If you are interested,please reply immediately
via the private email address below,upon your responce,i shall provide you
with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the

 Please observe utmost confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction
would be most profitable for both of us because i shall require your assitance
to invest my share in your country. 

Please upon the reciept of this mail message, send to me the following,to
enable start the process of the fund into your bank
1. Your full Name
2. Your private Telephone and fax numbers.
3 Your Addresses. 

Immediately I recieve a mail indicating your
interest I shall send you
more details. 

Thanks and regards,
Josh Patrick

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