As an Internet attorney, I usually find imitation to a be a sincere form of flattery…but not in this case. We’ve gone from imitation to a bad impersonation.
Let me explain.
One of my newsletter subscribers received the following email and forwarded it to me (thanks Eric!)
Subject: Attention: This is an important Message , Get Back To Me Please
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010
Attorney Michael M. Young
Bristol Old Vic,
King St, Bristol, Avon.,
Bristol BS1 4ED,
We wish to notify you again that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total sum of $27,400,000.00USD (Twenty Seven Million, four hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) in the intent of the deceased (name now withheld since this is our second letter to you).
We contacted you because you bear the surname identity as the deceased and therefore can present you as the beneficiary to the inheritance since there is no written will. Our legal services aim is to provide our private clients with a complete service. We are happy to prepare wills, set-up and administer Trusts, carry out the administration of estates, prepare and administer powers of attorney. All the papers will be processed after your acceptance. Please, do not take this vital mail as the numerous scam mails you received or maybe an attempt to defraud you. Give it your utmost attention and you would come to appreciate the inherent opportunity before us.
In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly forward to us your letter of acceptance; your current telephone and fax numbers, age, occupational status and a forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high court probate division for the release of this sum of money to you.
Please respond to this email using my personal confidential mail at xxxx@inMail24.com.
Michael M. Young (LLM)
If you get an email like this, delete it immediately because it is an Internet scam artist trying to steal money from you.
To your online success!
-Mike the Internet attorney
P.S. Although I do have clients based in the United Kingdom, my office is located in the United States.