Morris Thompson, Crash Victin (Scam Alert)

Poor Morris Thompson. He was a real person who died in the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 in 2000. Since his death his name has lived on in countless scam letters sent all around the world. Why he should have been so (un)fortunate I don’t know, but scammers for some reason singled him out as someone they could spin their stories around. You see, he left a fortune in the bank with no one to claim it, and if you’d just pose as one of his relatives you can have a percentage of the cash. I suppose this is one way to achieve immortality.

From: “drdasilvapedro”
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 20:22:01 +0200
Subject: gretings

I am a staff of Natwest Bank London. I am writing following an oppurtunity in my office that will be of imense benefit to both of us. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of £10.5million British Pounds Sterling (Ten million five hundred thousand British Pounds) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Morris Thompson an American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin or relatves to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and two other officials in this department now decided to make business with you and release the money to you as the next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don’t want this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed bill. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money remained after five years the money will be transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed funds.

We agreed that 35% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while the balance will be for me and my colleagues. I will visit your country for the disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this money gets into your account. Please be honest to me and trust is our watchword in this transaction. Note this transaction is confidential and risk free.

As soon as you receive this mail you should contact me by return mail email:

Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you has been finalised. We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response. Please in your response include your telephone number for easy communication between us.

Best regards

Dr. Da Silva Pedro.

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