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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: Thomas Graham

Here is one common or garden variety 419 scam, telling lies about otherwise true stories in order to lend itself credibility. As is common with 419s of late, this message was sent through a poorly configured webmail system, this time at Hint to webmasters: the Internet is an unfriendly place, and having your site exploited by miscreants such as this is bad for your reputation, so be careful out there. The shamed IP address in this case is

From The Desk of: Thomas Graham
Head of Trustee and Depository
Institutional Fund Services.
HSBC Bank Plc 24th Floor
8 Canada Square
London E14 5hq.
3rd Of Aug 2005.

   Compliment to you and your family.


 I am Thomas Graham the Head of Trustee and Depository Institutional
 Fund Services HSBC Bank Plc London. I am writing following an opportunity
 in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us.
 In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of 14.5million
 British Pounds Sterling (Fourteen million five hundred thousand British
 Pounds) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late
 Mr. Morris Thompson an American who unfortunately lost his life in the
 plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31
 2000, including his wife and only daughter. You shall read more about
 the crash on visiting this site. and
 Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
 next of kin or relatives to come over and claim his money because we
 cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or 
 to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Unfortunately I
 learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along
 with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this
 fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I
 and two other officials in this department now decided to make   business
 with you and release the money to you as the next of kin or
 beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and subsequent disbursement 
 nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go back into
 Government treasury   as unclaimed bill.
 The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money
 remained after five years the money will be transferred into banking
 treasury as unclaimed funds.

 We agreed that 30% of this money will be for you as foreign partner,
 while the balance will be for me and my colleagues.
 I will visit your country for the disbursement according to the
 percentages indicated above once this money gets into your account. 
 Please  be honest to me and trust is our watchword in this transaction.
 Note this transaction is confidential and risk free.   As soon as you
receive this mail you should contact me by return mail.

Please   all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds
to you has been finalised. We will discuss much in details when I do receive
your response.Please in your response include your telephone number for easy
communication between us.
Best regards,

 Mr. Thomas Graham

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