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jamie griffin
Covington, IN, United States
2015-06-22 08:46:54
Wills/Probate Scam
+3 attorney/bindsman representing dead man needing person with same last name to get bank funds.   
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
john halford llp
Email Address:
bindsman@outlook.com
Scam Website:
This person stated he was looking for someone with same last name as a man he represented that had died in 2012 in a car wreck to help claim his money from bank while still transferable. He claimed the man was in oil name Craig Griffin and he had handled his affairs for last 11 years.
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Mandy   (Somewhere in United States) Added the following extra information on :2017-07-13 05:30:41
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
David Maddox
Email Address:
davidmaddox2683@gmail.com
Telephone:
+44 7452 026189
I received this email, and was initially quite shocked. The first name given was very similar to my fathers. ----------------- "Late Robert [my last name] ,was my client who died in a car crash. He left behind a bank deposit. Get back for more details." ------------------ The informal way this was written...along with the horrid grammar clued me in to the possibility (and extreme likelyhood) this was sent by a scam artist. Curiosity got the better of me, so I replied simply "what is this about?" to which I was answered with the same copy and paste message many others on this report got. A few minor details were changed...but the majority of it was word for word lol. Terrible. Thankful for sites like this. ------------- Please read carefully as I am going to explain in details why I mailed you. Robert died in an auto- mobile crash on the 23rd of August 2013. I have since carried out a search on his actual extended family ties and which efforts have been to no avail and hence my contacting you. My mail to you was written as a matter of last resort because of the circumstances surrounding this claim right now. I am in search of a relative of my late client who happens to bear the same last name. I cannot ascertain if you are directly related to my late client but I am taking a chance to contact you. He was an oil merchant and he had oil dealings around Europe and Africa.
He lived most of his years here in London, but travelled often. I served as his private attorney for the last eleven years preceding his death, Robert was never married and had no kids. He migrated into The UK a long time ago as an orphan. His financial investments in a bank are on the verge of being declared nontransferable.
I am in dire need to present a next of kin to enable the release of the funds in value of £2.4 Million. In the event that you are not in any way related to this man, I humbly ask for your assistance in partnering with me to get this funds released since you have similar last name as my late client.
Note that there is a legal reason for the confidentiality of this transaction because of the nature of the transactions and the circumstances surrounding it. I stand a better part of the risk because if at any point, and for any reason, this Finance House becomes aware of my prior contact with you, then I could be held for being in breach of a standard code of conduct which borders on a breach of lawyer/client fiduciary relationship among others and for this reason, I will appreciate if you are very sure you can assist with this and execute this with the required diligence.
Take note of the mode of sharing after a second thought, 50% for me 50% for you. If you have gone through this mail and you feel it is well understood, please get back to me telling me if you are willing to go ahead or not so that I can give you the contact of this finance company where this fund is lodged and then inform you too of how to proceed. Hope to hear back from you pretty soon. Regards. David Maddox Middle Temple Ln, EC4Y 7AS, London
+447452026189

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2017-06-17 03:15:11
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
John Halford
Email Address:
john.halford0001@gmail.com
Telephone:
44 745 203 4009
He sent me an email asking to be a beneficiary to a guy named craig (with my last name) who for a car crash in London on March 15, 2014. I emailed back to ask for more info and he said a who bunch of crap about how this guy had no kids and never married and he had £6.8 million that needs to be claims by a family member. He said I would get half and he sou get the or he half as long as I help get the process going. Funny thing is right after I read his email I read a story from a woman in California who had the same exact email but the last name was different and the year of death was different, so i email him back and tell him im not falling for his scam and I know he did it to someone else bc I read it. So he answers back with "who is this" and I said so you randomly forgot you just email me about a guy who died and asked for help to get his money and try to scam me and I asked if he wanted me to screen shot his emails to refresh his memory and so on and he hasn't had the balls to say anything back. Be careful of this guy.

Scam Email
john.halford0001@gmail.com Please read carefully as I am going to explain in details why I mailed you. Craig died in an auto- mobile crash on the 15th of March 2014. I have since carried out a search on his actual extended family ties and which efforts have been to no avail and hence my contacting you. My mail to you was written as a matter of last resort because of the circumstances surrounding this claim right now. I am in search of a relative of my late client who happens to bear the same last name. I cannot ascertain if you are directly related to my late client but I am taking a chance to contact you. He was an oil merchant and he had oil dealings around Europe and Africa. He lived most of his years here in London, but travelled often. I served as his private attorney for the last eleven years preceding his death, Craig was never married and had no kids. He migrated into The UK a long time ago as an orphan. His financial investments in a bank are on the verge of being declared non transferable. I am in dire need to present a next of kin to enable the release of the funds in value of £6.8 Million. In the event that you are not in any way related to this man, I humbly ask for your assistance in partnering with me to get this funds released since you have similar last name as my late client. Note that there is a legal reason for the confidentiality of this transaction because of the nature of the transactions and the circumstances surrounding it. I stand a better part of the risk because if at any point, and for any reason, this Finance House becomes aware of my prior contact with you, then I could be held for being in breach of a standard code of conduct which borders on a breach of lawyer/client fiduciary relationship among others and for this reason, I will appreciate if you are very sure you can assist with this and execute this with the required diligence. Take note of the mode of sharing after a second thought, 50% for me 50% for you. If you have gone through this mail and you feel it is well understood, please get back to me telling me if you are willing to go ahead or not so that I can give you the contact of this finance company where this fund is lodged and then inform you too of how to proceed. Hope to hear back from you pretty soon. Regards John Halford Bindmans LLP 236 Gray's Inn Road London WC1X 8HB DX: 37904 King's Cross TEL: +44 745 203 4009

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2017-04-13 19:09:29
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
John Halford
Email Address:
johnhalfordbindmansllp@gmail.com
Scam Website:
He emailed asking if I knew Craig B---an. This worked great for him because I have an uncle named Craig B---an. Long story short, Craig died in a car crash in London, (I'm African-American), He was an orphan and worked really hard and now he's an oil tycoon (lol that is not my uncle Craig), he has £6.8 Million Sterling in some account and he needed someone with the same last name to do paperwork and of course send money for taxes and so called fees and we can split the money 50-50. But he got the time of day because I do have an uncle named Craig, he got lucky.

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