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419 Scam Example: "Griffon Private Bank (Christine Tatchbrook, Thomas Grove)"

"Griffon Private Bank (Christine Tatchbrook, Thomas Grove)" is a fake bank label used in a classic advance fee fraud ("Nigeria scam"). Several spams were sent using the Yahoo/Geocities domain "griffonprivate.com" (created 2005-02-08) from around the middle of February. If yout try to access a website for this domain, you end up at griffonbank.com, which appears to be a real offshore bank in the Caribbean that the scammers are using to lend themselves some appearance of legitimacy.

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"Griffon Private Bank (Christine Tatchbrook, Thomas Grove)" scam email:

Sincere Greetings,

My name is Christine Tatchbrook I work with the Private Banking Division 
at Griffon Bank Limited, London. We are conducting a standard process 
investigation in relation to matters involving a client who shares the 
same name with yours (Muller)and also the circumstances surrounding 
investments made by this client at our bank. Our Griffon Private Banking 
client died in testate and nominated no next of kin to inherit the title 
over the investments made with our bank. The essence of this communication 
with you is to request you provide us information on three issues:

1-Are you aware of any relative/relation who shares your same name whose 
  last known contact address was in Brussels ?

2-Are you aware of any investment of considerable value made by such a 
  person at the Private Banking Division of Griffon Bank LTD?

3-Can you establish beyond reasonable doubt your eligibility to assume 
  status of next of kin to the deceased?

It is pertinent that you inform us ASAP whether or not you are familiar 
with this individual that we may put an end to this communication with 
you and our inquiries surrounding this person. 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. 

Chris Tatchbrook
For:  Thomas Grove: 
Director Griffon Private Bank
Clients.
20-03-2005 

WHOIS dettails for domain "griffonprivate.com"

Request: griffonprivate.com
from whois.melbourneit.com:43 [cached Tue Mar 22 02:03:01 2005 UTC]

Domain Name.......... griffonprivate.com
  Creation Date........ 2005-02-08
  Registration Date.... 2005-02-08
  Expiry Date.......... 2006-02-08
  Organisation Name.... Judith Woodward
  Organisation Address. 6 worcester Close
  Organisation Address. Barwell
  Organisation Address. Leicester
  Organisation Address. LE98FY
  Organisation Address. Leicester
  Organisation Address. UNITED KINGDOM

Admin Name........... Judith Woodward
  Admin Address........ 6 worcester Close
  Admin Address........ Barwell
  Admin Address........ Leicester
  Admin Address........ LE98FY
  Admin Address........ Leicester
  Admin Address........ UNITED KINGDOM
  Admin Email.......... woodwardjudith@yahoo.com
  Admin Phone.......... +44.01509216535
  Admin Fax............ 

Tech Name............ YahooDomains TechContact
  Tech Address......... 701 First Ave.
  Tech Address......... 
  Tech Address......... Sunnyvale
  Tech Address......... 94089
  Tech Address......... CA
  Tech Address......... UNITED STATES
  Tech Email........... domain.tech@YAHOO-INC.COM
  Tech Phone........... +1.6198813096
  Tech Fax............. +1.6198813010
  Name Server.......... yns1.yahoo.com
  Name Server.......... yns2.yahoo.com


Eco Bank Limited, London (Karen Harper, Thomas Smith)

From: "karen" <karenharper01@tsamail.co.za>
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2005 8:03 AM
Subject: ENQUIRY



Sincere Greetings,

My name is Karen Harper. I work with the Private Banking Division
at Eco Bank Limited, London. We are conducting a standard process
investigation in relation to matters involving a client who shares the 
same name with yours and also the circumstances surrounding investments 
made by this client at our bank. Our Eco Private Banking client died 
intestate and nominated no next of kin to inherit the title over the 
investments made with our bank.

The essence of this communication with you is to request you provide us
information on three issues:
1-Are you aware of any relative/relation who shares
your same name whose last known contact address was in Brussels ?

2-Are you aware of any investment of considerable value made by such
a person at the Private Banking Division of Eco Bank LTD?

3-Can you establish beyond reasonable doubt your eligibility to assume
status of next of kin to the deceased?

It is pertinent that you inform us ASAP whether or not you are familiar 
with this individual that we may put an end to this communication with you 
and our inquiries surrounding this person. 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.

Please send your reply to karenharper01@netscape.net

Karen Harper
For: Thomas Smith: Director Eco Private
Clients.




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Lastname

Andrew Davids

Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 03:48:42 -0700 (PDT) 
From:  "Andrew Davids" <andrewdavids40@yahoo.com>
Subject: HELLO Lastname 
To: emailaddress 

    
Dear Lastname,
 
I am Andrew Davids, an associate to Miss.Karen Harper  who contacted 
you earlier concerning Mr.Muller Lastname and an investment 
placed under our banks management 2 years ago.
I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this
mail confidential. I would like to intimate you with certain
facts that I believe would be of interest to you. In 2002, Lastname
came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our
private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial
portfolio of 8.35 million Pounds, which he wished to have us turn
over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his
case, I made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the
de-facto chief operations officer of the private banking sector,
especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our
bank. We met on numerous occasions prior to any investments being
placed. I encouraged him to consider various growth funds with
prime ratings. The favoured route in my advise to customers is to
start by assessing data on 6000 traditional stocks and bond
managers and 2000 managers of alternative investments. Based on
my advice, We spun the money around various opportunities and
made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the
accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over 10
million Pounds, this margin was not the full potential of the
fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments.
In mid 2003, he asked that the money be liquidated because he
needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in
Antwerp. He directed that I liquidate the funds and had it
deposited with a firm here in the U.K. I informed him that Eco
would have to make special arrangements to have this done and in
order not to circumvent due process, the bank would have to make
a 9.5 % deduction from the funds to cater for banking and
statutory charges. He complained about the charges but later came
around when I explained to him the complexities of the task he
was asking of us. A cash movement across boarders has become
especially strict since the incidents of 9/11. I contacted my
affiliate and had the funds available in main land Europe. I
undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise
instructions to the letter and had the funds deposited at a
security consultancy firm, Omgam Finance and Security. Omgam
Finance and Security is an especially private firm that accepts
deposits from high net worth individuals and blue chip
corporations that handle valuable products or undertake
transactions that need immediate access to cash. This small and
highly private organization is familiar especially to the highly
placed and well-connected organizations. In Line with
instructions, the money was deposited with Omgam Finance. Lastname
told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of his arrival
from Norway later that year. This week was the last communication
we had, this transpired around 25th February 2004. In January
this year, we got a call from Omgam Finance and Security
informing us that the inactivity of that particular portfolio.
This was an astounding position as far as I was concerned, given
the fact that I managed the private banking sector I was the only
one who knew about the deposit at Omgam Finance and Security, and
I could not understand why Lastname had not come forward to claim
his deposit. I made futile efforts to locate Lastname . I
immediately passed the task of locating him to the internal
investigations department of Eco. Four days later, information
started to trickle in, apparently Lastname was dead. A person who
suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in
Canne, South of France. We were soon enough able to identify the
body and cause of death was confirmed. The bank immediately
launched an investigation into possible surviving next of kin to
alert about the situation and also to come forward to claim his
estate. If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those
who patronize our services usually prefer anonymity, but also
some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his
bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the field of private
banking, opening an account with us means no one will know of its
existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use
numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous. This bank even
gives the choice to depositors of having their mail sent to them
or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no traces of
the account and as I said, rarely do they nominate next of kin.
Private banking clients apart from not nominating next of kin
also usually in most cases leave Wills in our care, in this case;
Lastname died in testate. In line with our internal processes for
account holders who have passed away, we instituted our own
investigations in good faith to determine who should have right
to claim the estate. This investigation has for the past months
been unfruitful. We have scanned every continent and used our
private investigation affiliate companies to get to the root of
the problem. It is this investigation that resulted in my being
furnished with your details as a possible relative of the
deceased. My official capacity dictates that I am the only party
to supervise the investigation and the only party to receive the
results of the investigation. You have unfortunately declared
that you are in no way affiliated with this individual. What this
means, you being the last batch of names we have considered, is
that our dear late fellow died with no known or identifiable
family member. This leaves me as the only person with the full
picture of what the prevailing situation is in relation to the
deposit and the late beneficiary of the deposit. According to
practice, Omgam Finance will by the end of this year broadcast a
request for statements of claim to Eco, failing to receive viable
claims they will most probably revert the deposit back to Eco.
This will result in the money entering the Eco accounting system
and the portfolio will be out of my hands and out of the private
banking division. This will not happen if I have my way. What I
wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practice but I want
you to understand something. It is only an outsider to the
banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking
world aberrational. The world of private banking especially is
fraught with huge rewards for those who sit upon certain chairs
and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now to
put together the general direction of what I propose. There is
8,370,000.00 Pounds deposited in Omgam Finance, I alone have the
deposit details and they will release the deposit to no one
unless I instruct them to do so. I alone know of the existence of
this deposit for as far as Eco is concerned, the transaction with
Lastname concluded when I sent the funds to Omgam Finance, all
outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just
customer services and due process. Omgam Finance and Security has
no single idea of whatís the history or nature of the deposit.
They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to
any party that I may direct. This is the situation. This bank has
spent great amounts of money trying to track this manís family;
they have investigated for months and have found no family. The
investigation has come to an end. My proposal; you share similar
details to the late fellow; I am prepared to instruct Omgam
Finance and Security to release the deposit to you as the closest
surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to
share the money with you in half. That is: I will simply nominate
you as the Next of Kin and have them release the deposit to you.
We share the proceeds 50/50. I would have gone ahead to ask the
funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight
line to me and my involvement with claiming the deposit. But on
the other hand, you with the same very name as the original
depositor would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to
claim. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you
within a few days. I will simply inform the bank of the final
closing of the file relating to Lastname.I will then officially
communicate with Omgam Finance and instruct them to release the
deposit to you. With these two things: all is done. The
alternative would be for us to have Omgam Finance direct the
funds to another bank with you as account holder. This way there
will be no need for you to think of receiving the money from
Omgam Finance as it is not a conventional financial institution;
they accept deposits from only organizations thus; what you hand
over to them is what you get back. They do not have the means to
process the money. We can fine-tune this based on our
interactions. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I
ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should
discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and
destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this
message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career
because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this
but people like myself who have made a tidy sum out of comparable
situations run the whole private banking sector. I am not a
criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience,
this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my
industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only
come ones way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass
me by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny.
These chances wonít pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my
chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move
on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this
is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. There
is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth
undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have
here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank. I
am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has
blessed you with a name that has planted you into the centre of
relevance in my life. Lets share the blessing. If you find
yourself able to work with me, contact me through this same email
account. If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this
process towards a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should
you contact me via official channels; I will deny knowing you and
about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me
through my official phone lines. For now contact me only through
this email address. I do not want any direct link between you and
me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are
periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in
line with our Total Quality Management Policy. Please observe
this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family
man, I have wife and children. I send you this mail not without a
measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me
that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and
riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one
truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not
betray my confidence. I await your response.
 I await your response. 
 
Andrew Davids


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