I recently received enquiries for two properties from a potential overseas buyer. Both properties are in New South Wales and have substantial price tags. Doing what any good agent does, I responded to the enquiry, advised the price of the properties and asked a few extra questions to qualify and validate the enquiry.
I believe it is important you read the response – it is clearly showing that scammers are now going to new lengths, targeting high end properties and the sites they are appearing on:
“Capt Sven Gosnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I know this letter may come to you as a surprise but i believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends/business partners. Before Proceeding, i wish to introduce myself; I am Capt Sven Gosnell, with the United Nations troop in Iraq on war against terrorism. Our mission is to help beef up terrorist targeted states, mostly the United States and the European Union on the war against terrorism.
I was the one that contacted you as regards to you property listed for sale, which I have gotten response to my enquiry from you. I believe you will maintain the trust and confidence of what i am about to reveal to you. As I wish to utilize this opportunity to relate business with you. On the 17th of January this year, It happened that I went for this raid of terrorist here in Saqr, Iraq with the men in my unit and luckily I recovered a Box containing the sum of USD14.7 Million, because the terrorist keep most of their money in boxes at home for evil activities which they normally get through illegal deals on crude oil. Based on the suffering we undergo in this evil land here some of us do meet such luck. So I decided to take it as my share for my stress here in this evil land filled with suicide bombers. I deposited this box of money with the RED CROSS OFFICE informing them that i am making contact for my receiver/beneficiary of the box. It is now under my power to approve whoever that will come forth for the box of money.
I wish to use part of this money for property investment and with intention to make payment for your property listed as I told you above from the money which we will discuss once we agree to accomplish this deal together on how we are to go about the due documentation of the papers and change of ownership papers as well. I will also be interested to invest on stock fish as well.
Instead of allowing these terrorists to get the money and spend it on purchasing arms illegally from Russia and North Korea, it is better channeled to saving the world. So I need someone I could deal with on trust and that is why i contacted you. If you accept, I will put you forward as the beneficiary of the Box/funds and transfer the money to you because as a uniformed person and I cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present someone i can trust as the Owner/beneficiary. I am a marine officer and I have 100% authentic means of transferring the money through diplomatic courier service. I just need your acceptance and all is done. I have all the needed logistics in place so you have nothing to worry about. Please if you are interested in this transaction, then, I will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully as all you need is to follow my instructions and directives. I believe I can trust you. Where we are now, we can only communicate through our military communication facilities which are secured so nobody can monitor our emails, then I can explain in details to you. I will only be able reach to you through email for now, because our calls might be monitored, If you are interested to work with me, then let me know so we can proceed as time is very important to me. This money is my life and i am willing to give you 10% of the total sum when the money arrives under your custody. I wait for your response so we can proceed immediately. In less than 7days the money should be in your safe custody, and then i will come over to meet when we are out of the military base as I will be tendering my voluntary resignation letter once I am sure you are in custody of the Box. For the purpose of confidentiality, i prefer if you are only interested and to also keep this confidential even if you are not interested please. Regards, Capt.. Sven Gosnell.
NOTE: Please i will be able to call you once i get access to the satellite communication gadget here in our camp. Also give to me detailed description of the House and required documents to procure the house.”
On a pure factual basis, there are a number of incorrect facts in “Capt Gosnell’s” enquiry. How many can you spot?