Bricks and Bits

Private Investigation

Colecciono textos de fraudes (conocidos en inglés como SCAM). Los más variados son los denominados «Cartas Nigerianas», «Estafa Nigeriana» o «419 Scam» (por el artículo 419 del código penal nigeriano).

Tienen aspectos comunes como mencionar hechos o personas conocidas (a veces hacen referencias a accidentes o situaciones reflejadas en la prensa), informar sobre búsquedas de herederos o de potenciales beneficiarios de importantes sumas, o ayudar a una persona necesitada o quien ha detectado la posibilidad de obtener el dinero a desviarlo de su custodio actual.

Una forma de detectarlos es comprobar que el email de procedencia es diferente del email «responder a » ya que al ser un tipo de estafa muy industrializado, el encargado de cada nivel de estafa parte de que los mails que le llegan han superado las reticencias del nivel anterior por ese procedimiento.

El más reciente que me ha llegado es este que en el asunto del mensaje pone «private investigation»:

From: Myles Gallagher <>  


My name is Myles Gallagher, I am a senior partner in the Technical Advisory Board of Allied Irish Bank Group (Senior Security Specialist). We are conducting a standard process investigation on behalf of «AIB Group», 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 «AIB Group», the Private Banking arm of Allied Irish Bank. The client died in testate and nominated no successor in title over the investments made with the bank. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail private and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail.

I contact you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. You share similar details to the late fellow; I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct the firm 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, 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 in claiming the deposit. But on the other hand, you with the same very name as the depositor’s would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to claim. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within few working days.

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 tidy sums 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 in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once, I have found myself in total control of my destiny. These chances won’t 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. I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Lets share the blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through my email account below. If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion.

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. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting soon.

Kind regards,

Myles Gallagher.

5 Comments on “Private Investigation”

  1. I just got this email too. Looks, smells, and tastes like a scam.

  2. Yes. It is a SCAM.

  3. one of the better presented scams but a scam none the less

  4. I just got that exact same message today. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck. It probably is a duck.
    Scam fo sho!!! Very well presented. Allot of desperate people could follow through with this. DON»T!!

  5. what? You mean I’m not going to get rich? lol