Suspect Email - Money Laundering

  Poloman69 19:09 24 Aug 2004

I recieved an Email today from a man named Rawlings Roy, which i think could be a suspect money laundering scam, and was wondering if anyone else had recieved such an Email.

It read:

Dear Friend.

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.

My name is Rawlings Roy, a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in carrying for my health. It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it.

Now that God ! has called me, I have willed and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have decided to give arms to charity organizations and give succour and confort to the less priviledged in our societies, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.

So far, I have distributed money to some charity
organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and alaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization and to the less priviledged in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of eighteen million dollars($38m) that I have with a Security Company in Europe for safe keeping. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and disburse it to some charity organizations and to the less priviledged.

Please send me a mail to indicate if you will assist me in this disbursement. I have set aside 40% for you for your time and patience.

While I await to hear from you, may God be with you and your entire family.
Remain blessed.

Rawlings Roy

Now working in the financial industry, this could seem as a potential money laundering scheme, and i was looking to seek advice about where to go from here, and if you too think it could be suspect.

Anyone who could help with advice to go from here, would be greatly appreciated.

  VoG II 19:12 24 Aug 2004

Variation on the 419 scam click here

Forward the message to [email protected] where theirisp is hotmail or whatever.

  TomG 19:25 24 Aug 2004

The Metropolitan police also are intrested if you go to their website there is a ink for online fraud.

  Valvegrid 19:26 24 Aug 2004

Delete and ignore, its not worth the effort.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:27 24 Aug 2004

It is not money laundering but a variation on the 419 scam. You would be asked to go to Amsterdam and there be told that the 'security company needs a release fee of £5k...

'Now working in the financial industry, this could seem as a potential money laundering scheme'...there is no pulling the wool over the ever-vigilant eyes of those in financial services...especially when I was sold a totally naff pension and most of my friends were lumbered with Endowment (£1800 commission) mortgages as opposed to repayment (£200 commission) mortgages. Sorry but this statement deserves a huuuuuuge ;-)))))


  end 23:35 24 Aug 2004

"if in doubt, chuck it out" it as well if you want the effort.
received a similar one some while ago;
do not reply to it as this will only confirm your address as"valid"..

and "financial and job security"??
after what has happened to two of my friends in the NHS, who have suddenly found themselves "out-resourced" and redundant..NOTHING is "secure"..and to believe that it is is , I believe, to have a false sense of security and a naive outlook ,
and, of course we all have a "reserve fund" of a few mil,( well, at least i know where the Bank of England Printing Works is, and the nearest underground I can "stitch my mortgage up a treat":)) )

  Forum Editor 00:08 25 Aug 2004

it's nothing to do with money laundering and everything to do with fraud. It's typical of the kind of email that has been around for years, and is named 419 because in Nigeria (from where most of these emails used to originate) it's the number of the clause in the Nigerian penal code which outlaws what are called advance fee frauds.

Most people have received at least one of these emails over the years - I've had dozens of them. They tend to vary slightly in format, but they always have the same basic structure - the idea being an appeal to the greed that is inate in so many people. There are always victims, and that's what keeps the fraudsters going; hardly a month goes by without at least one report of some hapless victim being lured to Lagos,Paris, Amsterdam, or some other city and fleeced of their savings.

By all means report the matter to the Metropolitan Police SCD6 Economic and Specialist Crime OCU via their web page

click here

You'll be in good company - the unit receives many such reports every day.

  Poloman69 23:06 01 Sep 2004

Thankyou for your responses - i have forwarded this onto the MET - doubt anything will become of it, a i have seen from further research it happens everyday.

I have also passed copies to my workplace to inform others of this.

Thanks again

  Salinger 23:15 01 Sep 2004

Well, it IS different!

  Strawballs 00:39 02 Sep 2004

The only thing that will get cleaned will be your account after they have the details

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