There are never any shortages when it comes to variations of the Classic Nigerian Prince Scam. This one attempt to fool people into trying to get a portion of a deceased French citizen, Mr. Paul Louis Halley who died in a plane crash (worded air crash) in 2003. The scam email even goes so far as to include a link to a Wiki like page with details about Mr Lewis.
This particular variation of the scam takes a slow roll approach to the scam starting with a simple phishing scam to get your name, address, and phone numbers before they will provide you with information on how to get the funds.
Details of this “TD Bank” email scam:
- Email Subject: Kindly Acknowledge and get back to me.
- Email Sender: Allen Bruce <email@example.com>
- Sent To: Allen Bruce <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Received From: mail-ot1-x341.google.com (mail-ot1-x341.google.com [IPv6:2607:f8b0:4864:20::341])
Text of this “TD Bank”, “Nigerian Prince” Style Scam:
My Dear Friend,
I am Ms.Barbara Hooper, a seasoned banker with TD Bank here in the States and I wish to request for your assistance in a deal that involves $15.2M (Fifteen million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with our Bank. This deal by virtue of its nature must be utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, I am assuring you that this will be done under a legitimate arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of the law. I came to know you in my private search for a reliable and reputable Business Person/individual that can handle this confidential deal with me, which required maximum confidence and trust from both sides.
I am an account officer to one of the dormant accounts with our bank that belong to one of our deceased customers Mr. Paul Louis Halley, a rich French citizen who was into several businesses here in the States before his death along with his wife in an air crash. Before their untimely death our customer deposited the Sum of $15.2M (Fifteen million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with our bank here in the States. View the fact here: https://dbpedia.org/page/Paul-Louis_Halley
During the bank audit exercise, it was discovered that a lot of accounts have been dormant as an unclaimed credit balance, hence our management decided during the current re-capitalization in our banking sector, to phase out all accounts that have been dormant. As the account officer to the late Mr. Paul Louis Halley, I have made several inquiries to his high commission to locate my client’s extended relatives, but all my efforts proved abortive, I then decided to trace his relatives and family members over the internet, and yet all effort became abortive. However, I found you as my instinct convinced me that you will be a trustworthy and honest business partner and I decided to contact you to assist me in repatriating my late client’s deposit before it got confiscated or declared unserviceable by our bank, TD Bank here in the States.
I therefore wish to request for your assistance and permission to present you as the appointed next of kin to Mr. Paul Louis Halley so that the $15.2M (Fifteen million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) can be released and paid into your account as the beneficiary. Be informed that this transaction is risk free otherwise I will not contact you because it is against our bank policy. Please get in touch with me immediately if you are interested to assist me by furnishing me with the following information; the call-up capital is significant. After receiving your thoughts and consideration, further information will be provided to you.
- Your full names
- Your full address
- Direct Telephone numbers
Looking forward to your prompt response in my private email: email@example.com
Ms. Barbara Hooper