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Let’s pretend you are related to this deceased oil dealer

This scam uses the name of a genuine English solicitor, and has also used the name of another genuine solicitor (“Michael Woolridge”) in other versions. The telephone number has been used in a number of scams. The last name of the recipient has been removed to prevent identification, as the scammer pretends that the recipient has the same last name as the “deceased” oil magnate.

As usual, the bad English should alert anyone that this email would not be written by a native English speaker. The “detail” about the sender at the end is a nice touch, but again the scammer makes a few slip-ups.

From: Martin Nossel
Subject: Private Email, [email address]

Martin Nossel & Co Solicitors
10-12 Southernhay
Essex SS14 1EL

Hello [First name] [Last name]

I am Martin Nossel, Sole executor of late Mr. Joel [Last name]’s estate. Joel was an independent oil dealer who lived and died in the UK but had businesses in Pakistan and the Middle east.

He left a total of £3.8 million in deposit and bonds, held in a Pakistani bank (Bank Alfalah). Since his death in 1998, I have tried to locate his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail. More so, I have received official letters from the bank last week suggesting a likely proceeding for the confiscation of these abandoned personal assets; in line with existing laws.

On this note, I decided once more to search for a potential family member (however distant). I need your consent to present you as the next of Kin to his estate. I have documents that would confer you legal rights.

Feel free to call me for fuller briefing +44 787 228 2330 or send me your contact number and best time.

Best regards,

Principal Martin Nossel BA Hons MA (Law)
Accredited Member of APIL


This email is from Martin Nossel & Co. 10-12 Southernhay, Basildon, Essex SS14 1EL email No. 546 1466 39 whose service is provided by a solicitors office of England and Wales regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority No. 71421 link

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Last updated on the 14th January 2013