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HSBC replay of 419 scam

2004-04-09 , ,

Received an email with an interesting take on the 419 (Nigerian) scam.
See below: From: ELIZABETH WOODS Subject: HSBC PRIVATE BANKING : AN INVESTIGATION To: xxxx_xxxx@xxxx.xx

HSBC PRIVATE BANKING : AN INVESTIGATION Good day , My name is Elizabeth Woods I am a senior partner in the firm of Capa Consultants:Private Investigators and Security Consultants. We are conducting a standard process investigation on behalf of HSBC, the international Banking conglomerate. This investigation involves a client who shares the same surname with you and also the circumstances surrounding investments made by this client at HSBC Republic,the Private Banking arm of HSBC. The HSBC Private Banking client died in testate and nominated no successor in title over the investments made with the bank. The essence of this communication with you is to request you provide us information/comments on any or all of the four issues: 1-Are you aware of any relative/relation who shares your same name whose last known contact address was in Holland Netherlands 2-Are you aware of any investment of considerable value made by such a person at the Private Banking Division of HSBC Bank PLC? 3-Born on the 1st of october 1930 4-Can you establish beyond reasonable doubt your eligibility to assume status of successor in title to the deceased? It is pertinent that you inform us ASAP whether or not you are familiar with this personality that we may put an end to this communication with you and our inquiries surrounding this personality. You must appreciate that we are constrained from providing you with more detailed information at this point. Please respond to this mail as soon as possible to afford us the opportunity to close this investigation. Thank you for accommodating our enquiry. Elizabeth Woods (Mrs) For: Cappa Consultants This one has been kicking around since at least October 2003 but it is the first I’ve seen of it. Judging from a March HSBC news release and newsgroup discussions it is prevalent in the UK and Australia. What is interesting about this take on the account transfer fraud is the more subtle “phishing” of this initial contact instead of declaring the amounts and details up front.

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