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Email scams: Same Surname? Get ready to be a millionaire... [Emirates Edition]

This scam comes straight one of our own at Scamadviser who received this via LinkedIn. Grab a bag of popcorn because this scammer had quite a story...

Name/Email address: Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim <>



"Hello name redacted,


For some time now, I have been in search of someone with this name surname redacted, thus when I saw your invite from Linkedin, I was pushed to contact you to see how best we can assist each other. I am Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Vice Chairman of the Board, Emirates NBD. I believe it is the will of the Almighty for me to have stumbled on you now. I do have an important business discussion which I wish to share with you and which I believe will interest you as it has so much to do with your last name and you will also benefit from it.


One Late Peter surname of recipient, a citizen of your country had a fixed deposit account with my bank since 2005 for 108 calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was on 22nd of January 2014. Unfortunately, Peter was among the death victims in the May 27, 2006 Earthquake disaster in Java, Indonesia which killed over 5,000 people. He must have traveled to Indonesia on a business trip and that was how he met his end.


My Bank Management does not know of his death yet, I happened to know about it because we have became friends and I have been his account/portfolio manager. Peter did not state any next of kin/ heir as at the time of opening the account. He was not married and has no children. Last week my Bank's Management requested that Peter should give instructions on what to do about his funds or to renew the contract. I knew this would happen and it is the reason why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation. If my bank gets to find out that Peter is dead and has no stated next of kin on file, they will convert these funds for their personal use and I do not want such to happen. I was happy when I saw your name and I am now seeking your co-operation to list and present you as the next of kin to the account, as you share the same name with him and my bank will release the account to you.


I assure you that there is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement which will protect you from any breach of law. It is best that we claim these funds and have it re-invested in your country, than to allow it to get shared amongst the bank directors. I am not a greedy person, so I am proposing that we share the funds equally, 50%/50% to both parties, my share will assist me to start a business which I have been planning for a long time. Please let me know what you think about this and please note to treat this information as STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. We shall go over the details as soon as I receive your positive response strictly through my personal email address.


We can as well discuss this over the phone; let me know when you will be available to speak with me on phone. Have a nice day and God bless. Anticipating your communication.


My regards to your family.


Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim.

Vice Chairman of the Board

Emirates NBD.

United Arab Emirates,


This e-mail may contain information that is confidential and/or privileged. This information is intended for the use of the individual or entity named in this e-mail. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please immediately contact the sender by reply e-mail and delete the original message and destroy all copies thereof. Thank you."

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