I received this "offer" in my email a few days ago. I am sure we all get these from time to time. The sad thing is I knew a guy whose wife left him after he lost $35,000 "responding" to an email such as this. People - wise up! If it is too good to be true, than it probably is!
From: Mr David Frank [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 7:43 PMSubject: Mr David Frank
Mr David Frank
Chief investment Consultant,
Lloyds TSB Bank Plc,
Address:Box 1188, Station B
London, ON N6A 5K2
Phone Number +447045772600/447035932729
Fax Number +447005931590
I am an investment consultant working with Lloyds TSB Bank Plc London, at their offshore department Box 1188, Station B ON N6A 5K2,London.I will be happy to work this deal out with you if we can do business.
During one of our peroidic auditing I discorved a dormant accounts with holding balance of One hundred and Forty Two Million United States Dollars (U.S.$142,000,000.00) which has not been operated for the past three years.As at this moment,I am constrained to issue more details about this business until your response is received.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible if you are interested,as well on replying send me the followings.
Your Telephone No:..............for easy
Thank you for your time and attention.
Mr David Frank
Dear Mr. David Frank,
Though tempting as your offer may be, may I take a few moments to point out some major flaws in your proposition? Where to begin...
#1) You call yourself a Chief Investment Consultant. Okay - well a Chief Investment Consultant is the TOP advisor of a financial/investment firm who *manages* the other Investment Consultants. It would be very unlikely for a Chief Investment Consultant to make "cold calls" to potential leads (me). Instead they would normally defer that work onto the subordinates, while saving the high-profile, high producing clients for themselves. I know what you're gonna say... "But it;s $142Million!!!" Right. So, making cold calls makes more sense than contacting your VIP list? Uh-huh...not likely.
#2) "I will be happy to work this deal out with you if we can do business." ??? What is this about? First you say you wanna work out a deal, but then you say, "I am constrained to issue more details about this business until your response is received." The thing is how would I want to know if I wanted to work out a "Deal" with anyone unless they properly presented a good solid plan? AND it would be done in person, not via email.
#3) Hello? It's called SPELL CHECK!!! In this day and age (even in London-where I am sure you're not really from) an Investment Consultant would have to have at least a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Business or Economics. I would even venture as far to say that the CHIEF Inv. Cons. would have either 15+ years experience OR a Master's Degree. Now correct me if I am wrong, but don't most graduates know how to spell/punctuate/use correct plurals or at least use spell check? Here are just a few of the errors... "peroidic", "discorved", "a dormant accounts", "as well on replying send me the followings". Not to mention the multiple times you did not put a space following the period at the end of most of your sentences.
#4) Oh sure, I'd be happy send you ALL of my personal Financial Information - NOT! No signatures or agreements or contracts or anything? I mean, after all, it's only a mere $142 mil, right?
So again, I thank you for taking the time to hand-select me -- little ol' me -- to work out this "deal" with. However, as you can see I have just proven you are full of - CRAP! So, go sell your lies elsewhere. I respectfully decline at this time.
And by the way, I have reported this scam to the appropriate authorities (click here) as I do all fraudulent email/phishing scams. It is my hope, Mr. Frank (if that is your real name), that you will make someone a nice girlfriend once you land your butt in jail.
Not Falling For It