From: Christopher Thornburg1
To: Recipients
Subject: GoodMorning

My name is Christopher Thornburg, the Director of Wealth Management in one of the leading Banks here in Scotland, United Kingdom. I propose I present you as the only surviving family and release the funds to you using my position. We can use these money to start and complement other individual deals and aspirations.

Let me know by return email, your interest in working with me so I can provide you with more information.

Best Regards,
Christopher Thornburg


From: Caspar Green
To: Christopher Thornburg
Subject: Re: GoodMorning

Dear Christopher,

I find your proposal intriguing. Please do provide me with more information.

Caspar


From: Christopher Thornburg
To: Caspar Green
Subject: Re: GoodMorning

Dear Caspar,

Thank you for your response to my mail, I hope you will treat all information you are about to receive with utmost confidentiality. We can use the proceeds from the project to complete other personal aspiration and I believe this will be the beginning of a long lasting friendship.

I am the Director of Wealth Management in one of the largest financial institution here in Europe. I got your contact information through the Public records while searching for a Surname/last name similar to my late client(Late Mr. Louis Green). He was a businessman and lived in Astana, Kazakhstan before his demise but before his death, he deposited the sum of $8,600,000.00 (Eight Million, Six Hundred Thousand USD) with us as termed deposit.

These funds are due to be claimed according to the deposit terms and if not within a specified time, it will be forfeited by the authorities and transferred to the government’s treasury as Non-performing funds because such fortune are automatically bequeathed to the Government when there is no heir or next of kin to the deceased that would surface to claim the fortune.

I have searched vigorously to find any of the deceased client’s relatives to no avail as he did not declare any Next of Kin or any Testate and this is why I have come to you because I noticed that you share the same Surname/Last name with the late customer.

I propose that I present you as the closest surviving next of kin and instruct the release of the funds to you using my position as the Director and Once the deposit are released to you, we will share the funds 50/45/5. Please be rest assured, there will be no risk involved either on your part or mine because we will comply with all laws governing claiming of funds and with my knowledge and position, we will scale through without any problem.

The good thing is that in inheritance, the next of kin can be anybody. It is not compulsory for the next of kin to be related to the late customer, it does not even matter if you are from different countries but in this case the uniqueness of the same surname with you will bring us to a perfect conclusion and I have worked out all modalities to complete the transaction successfully, 100% legally and risk free because I have to be careful considering my career.

A lawyer will obtain all documents to give your claims a legal backing and Once the funds are released to you, we will share it in the ratio of 50% for me, 45% for you while remaining 5% will be set aside for any expenses incurred during the cause of securing this deposit and you have nothing to worry about because I will do everything legally required to ensure that the project goes smoothly, it will pass through all Laws of International Banking and you have my word on that but all I require of you is your utmost sincerity and honesty at all times and your word of honor that you will get my share to me once the funds are released to you.

I am counting on your cooperation and will be looking forward to your response, hoping sooner than later as there is no better time to act than now as I believe nothing ventured is nothing gained and the only person who can contest our claims is dead so our success is guaranteed but loose lips sink ship and I hope I can count on you.

Warmest Regards,
Head, Wealth Management
Clydesdale Bank


From: Caspar Green
To: Christopher Thornburg
Subject: Your News

Dear Christopher,

You are the answer to my family’s prayers!

We have been looking for my long lost Uncle, Mr. Louis Green, for the past 13 years. Could it be that the same Late Mr. Louis Green, your client, was the same Mr. Louis Green we have been looking for all this time?

And to think that all that time he was in Astana, Kazakhstan. He always did like to travel.

Would it be ok for me to share this news with Mr. Louis Green’s wife, my Aunt Mabel. She will, no doubt, be saddened to hear of his demise. But it would be such a relief to her to know that she will no longer have to wait in agony hoping for his eventual return.

Caspar


From: Christopher Thornburg
To: Caspar Green
Subject: Re: Your News

Hi Caspar,

Thank you for your swift response to my mail which I believe you have read carefully and understood why I contacted you? I hope this will be the beginning of a long lasting friendship as we work together to achieve success to enable us consolidate other aspiration.

Firstly, I do not want you to worry about anything as I have outmapped the modalities to ensure we are successful and the uniqueness of the same surname with the late customer will make our claims successful because the most important thing in inheritance claim are the probate documents to proof the relationship between the beneficiary and the depositor so a lawyer will handle all probate matters on your behalf and prepare the necessary Affidavits which shall put you in place as next of kin to the late client.

I will do everything legally required to ensure that the project goes smoothly, it shall pass through all Laws of International Banking and you have my word on that but all I require of you is your utmost sincerity and honesty at all times and your word of honor that you will get my share to me once the funds are released to you.

The lawyer will obtain the necessary clearances which will cover all the aspects involved in this transaction and with these documents he will come forward to my bank to support your application and speed up the immediate release/transfer of the funds to you.

My experience as a Banker will make this transaction scale through with ease but all I want you to do is to follow my instructions very well and I promise you that you will not in any way regret working with me but you will need to assure me that I will have unlimited access to my own 50% share once the funds has been transferred into your account because the funds are going to be transferred into your account and not mine, so please assure me that you will get my own share to me.

Upon receipt of your approval to proceed, I will appoint the lawyer to go ahead and procure the documents needed for the legal backing of your claims and the uniqueness of your surname will aid our success and as soon as we have secured the documents, he will make official application to my bank on the strength of this documents that the funds should be released to you as the bona-fide next of kin to the Late customer.

You need not to worry as the only person who can contest our claims is dead and I would use my position to facilitate the approval and the subsequent release of the funds to you. Immediately the funds are released, they will be transferred into a new offshore account, you will need to open with a bank I will recommend to you upon getting your approval to proceed.

This is the best way I have figured out for us to deal and achieve success and I believe I can count on you but please always remember to keep our communication confidential considering my involvement and Kindly send me the following information so the lawyer can start the processing immediately;

Your full names, as they are written in your international traveling documents:
Mailing address:
Occupation:
Direct Telephone Number:
Proof of Identification e.g travel document or drivers license.

Looking forward to your response, hoping sooner than later.

Warmest Regards,
Christopher Thornburg
Head, Wealth Management
Clydesdale Bank


From: Caspar Green
To: Christopher Thornburg
Subject: Aunt Mabel

Dear Christopher,

Aunt Mabel took the news about our Uncle Louis’s demise pretty well, all things considered. She spent all night out drinking and ran up a substantial tab at McDuff’s. But we’re not at all worried. Not in the least, since Uncle Louis seems to have left such a great fortune behind, which the whole family here is very excited to recover, and since Uncle Louis entrusted such a good friend as you, Chris (may I call you Chris?), to handle the financial details on our behalf.

I’m also very glad to hear that you’ve outmapped the way. It’s always so much easier to find lost treasure when you have a map. I’ve heard that nearly always, the location of the treasure is buried where you’ll find a large X on the map. Have you located the large X? Sometimes there is a picture of a treasure chest next to the X.

Of course, you have my assurances that your service to us will be handsomely rewarded. However, now that Aunt Mabel has started, in her grief, running up large bar tabs, and we’ll have to meet in Astana, Kazakhstan to dig up the treasure, perhaps we should set a bit more aside for expenses than the 5% you mentioned.

Cheers,
Caspar

At this point, Christopher stopped responding. Not sure why. I suppose he figured out I might be onto him.


1 I googled Christopher Thornburg. This is obviously not the founding partner of Beacon Economics. Or any other Thornburg having to do with banking, or as we’ll discover later, Clydesdale Bank. The unsolicited email came from a hacked website in Brazil.