Posted by: Nic | 2009/03/11

Legal advise


I got the following email... I would just like to know whether it is legal or not to do so.

Dear Nic Burger,

My name is X, a legal practitioner with Y.

I saw your contact and profile and decided that you could cooperate with me in this proposition.

I have a client by Name Mr. Z Burger, who was deceased in November, 2005, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am contacting you because you have the same surname as my deceased client and i felt that you could help me in the distribution of funding that were left in my deceased client' s bank account. This funding is closed to be declared unserviceable by the bank as there were no indicated next of kin or next of beneficiary of the funding in the bank account.

The total amount of cash in the bank account of my deceased client is US$ ?. The bank had issued to me a notification to contact the next of kin of my deceased client for either to re-activate the bank account or to make claim of beneficiary, of the funding in the bank account, with a month surcharge of 6% to be deducted as an Escrow safe keeping fee of the bank account,so as to avoid the indefinite closure of the bank account. My proposition to you is to seek your consent, and to present your kind self as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my deceased client, since you have the same last name with him.

This means that the proceeds of his bank account would be paid to you as his next of kin or the legitimate beneficiary. When the proceeds in his bank account are paid to you, we would share the proceeds on a mutually agreed-upon percentage of 60% to me and 40% to your kind self. All the legal documents to back up your claim as my client' s next-of-kin would be provided by me. The most important thing I would need is your honest cooperation in this proposition.This would be done under a legitimate arrangement that would protect you from any breach of the law.

Please contact me at once if you are interested reply through my personal email.

I changed the real name to protect identity. I dont know if you can help me or give me advise on who can help me.

Thank you for your time.

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Posted by: ruan | 2009/03/19

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Reply to ruan
Posted by: re | 2009/03/17

I think this letter is nonsense - be careful!

Reply to re
Posted by: Wolf | 2009/03/15

“ Wolf”  notes that their burgers are made with “ a mix of about 50 percent ground chuck, 25 percent sirloin and 25 percent brisket.”  Yum.

Another thing that intrigues me: more than 60 milkshakes and malts that include flavors like Frozen Hot Chocolate, Birthday Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake and Mounds.

Even more exciting news? Apparently Z Burger is planning on opening several new locations, including in my hood of Adams Morgan and the nearby Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Reply to Wolf
Posted by: Z Burger | 2009/03/15

Z Burger is a new humburger comming soon

Reply to Z Burger
Posted by: Dina | 2009/03/15

I think this letter is bull shit

Reply to Dina
Posted by: anon too | 2009/03/11

this is a scam - i' ve had many similar emails from nigerian or saudi princes. avoid like the plague!

Reply to anon too
Posted by: swg | 2009/03/11

This is a scam!

Reply to swg
Posted by: Anon | 2009/03/11

Absolutelly illegal

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