This writer at least knows that this is not legal....and a clue is that there are
significant errors - "in testate" [for example.]...
If you ever get emails like this - and there is no end to the variation -
delete them or post them for all to read..
These are SCAMS.....no legitimate bank, lawyer or private investigator would
need to send emails to unknown persons...I get these scams at email addresses
to which no real name is attached...and they call me friend - dear one - etc.
So how can they tell me my name is the same as the deceased?
I also put the name Paul Lockett in google and found some sites that played games
back with these scammers - the emails are hilarious - as the photos one guy
got them to send him
My name is Mr. Paul Lockett, I am a senior partner in the firm of
Infinity Consultants "Private Investigators and Security Consultants".
We are conducting a standard process investigation on behalf
of "HSBC", the International Banking conglomerate.
This investigation involves a client who shares the same surname with
you and also the circumstances surrounding investments made by this
client at "HSBC", the Private Banking arm of HSBC. The HSBC Private
Banking client died in testate and nominated no successor in title
over the investments made with the bank. I would respectfully request
that you keep the contents of this mail private and respect the
integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail.
I contact you independently of our investigation and no one is
informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with
certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you.
You share similar details to the late fellow; I am prepared to place
you in a position to instruct the firm to release the deposit to you
as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am
prepared to share the money with you, that is, I will simply nominate
you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We
share the proceeds 50/50. I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be
released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my
involvement in claiming the deposit. But on the other hand, you with
the same very name as the depositor's would easily pass as the
beneficiary with right to claim. I assure you that I could have the
deposit released to you within few days.
I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you
find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I
ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of
no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you.
Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal.
You may not know this but people like myself who have made tidy sums
out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector. I
am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good
conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics
of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only
come ones in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for
once, I have found myself in total control of my destiny. These
chances won't pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if
you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life
but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to
provide them with new opportunities.
There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth
undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here
is from you refusing to work with me. I am the only one who knows of
this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has
planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Lets share the
blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me
through my email account below. If you give me positive signals, I
will initiate this process towards a conclusion.
I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the
consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing
gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of
gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking
clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we
should plan a meeting, soon.
Mr. Paul Lockett.
Another Take on the "died without an heir" scam