Letter from Australia

カテゴリ: Scam 最初の検出日: 2004 10 22
種類: scam更新日: 2006 6 08


This email scam appears to be closely related to the Nigerian letter scam.

The scam references the BBC News website, in an attempt to give credibility to the email.

Sophos recommends recipients do not reply to the email in any way.

The text of a typical scam reads as follows:


This is a proposal in context but actually an appeal soliciting for your unreserved assistance in consummating an urgent transaction requiring maximum confidence. Though this approach appears desperate, I can assure you that whatever questions you would need to ask or any other thing you will need to know regarding this proposal will be adequately answered to give you a clearer understanding of it, so as to arrive at a successful conclusion.

My name is Mr. Thomas Dustin, an Attorney at Law. On November 17, 1999, my client, a foreign consultant/contractor with the Asea Brown and Boveri Ltd, made a numbered time (fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$17,320,000.00, (Seventeen Million, Three Hunded and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) in the CommonWealth Bank of Australia. Unfortunately on the 25th of July 2000, my client, his wife and their two children died in the Air France concord plane crash bound for New York in their plan for a world cruise.


As his attorney and friend, I know that that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace any next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation at the bank and discovered that the deceased did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his his Bank Deposit paperwork.

From past experiences, I know that no one will ever go forward to claim the deceased funds. According to Austrailian Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the funds will be Unclaimable and revert to the ownership of the Australian Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.

In order to avert this negative development, I in conjunction with a colleague (the Chief Operating Officer in the bank) now seek your permission to allow me do a CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP/REASSIGNMENT OF CREDIT of the stated funds from the "deceased's" to your name, so that the funds (US$17.32million) would be released to you as the new owner (on behalf of me and my colleague).

We are writing you because, as public servants, we cannot operate a foreign account or have an account that is more than $160,000:00.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by me and this will guarantee the successful execution of this transaction.

If you are interested, please reply via my email address. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details, and further explanation that will help you understand the transaction.

I await your swift response hoping you accept my proposal, as time is of equal essence in this project as well as is confidentiality. Thank you and have a nice day.

Respectfully yours,

Mr. Thomas Dustin