Suspicious networking

This post is in english as I wish to hear also the thoughts of my global network. (Update 4.2.2014)

Something very strange and suspicious happened to me this week. I would like to share the story with my blog followers and hope that someone within LinkedIn Corp. or Resurs Bank has some informative comments to share regarding this case.

Monday October 7th I receive a networking invitation (on LinkedIn) from Marie Gustafson at Resurs Bank Sweden. She had a proposal to me. I am looking for a new job so a job proposal sounded like a nice thing.  Therefore I linked with her. She wanted to have my email address in order to tell me more about the job proposal. As my email can be found under ”contact info” on my LinkedIn profile I did not think it would be harmful to share my email with her. I received her email first. It was marie.gustafson@qq.com.

Tuesday October 8th I receive an email from Marie, but the email address was marie.gustafson2618@hotmail.com and the message was not a job proposal.

I copy the email here:

suspicious email via LII opened LinkedIn in order to read more about this Marie. She had though disappeared from my network. Of course one can delete a new connection using ”remove connection” on the Contacts page. But I have not during my 5 years on LinkedIn seen anyone make herself a shadow. (I could still find her via search, but trying to click on her page makes it disappear… and I had not experienced earlier that messages sent to me have suddenly disappeared).

Very strange indeed.

Marie G via LinkedIn


As Resurs Bank is found on LinkedIn as a company and employer, I thought the company’s CEO would like to know what is done in the company’s name. I sent a message to the CEO telling him this story.

I received a short email from the company’s digital communicator. She wrote: It is very difficult to control this kind of spamming.  You have received a spam email, which has nothing to do with us. It is unfortunate that someone spams in our name. What we can do is to warn that it exists and inform you it is not from us.

It would have been nice to receive a reply to my question regarding Marie. I knew the email was spam. The question was though not about the email, it was about the LinkedIn profile, done in Resurs Bank’s name!

LinkedIn replied to me: Thanks for bringing this possible scam message to our attention. LinkedIn was never created to be used as a tool to send these types of messages. It’s both inappropriate and a violation of our User Agreement. Please know we will investigate and research your case and act upon our results. This activity is not condoned by LinkedIn. 

I did not hear of the outcome of the investigation or of results. I and others have waited for a reaction and reply for 6 months.

Have you experienced something like this? Why would anyone go through such trouble on LinkedIn to gain one email? The email content is of course totally bogus.

The question regarding fake accounts with real company details remains.

 

140 kommenttia artikkeliin ”Suspicious networking

  1. I’m from Brazil and today in the morning I received a similar e-mail from Anne Wilander

    Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I want is a Honest business transaction with you. I will start by introducing my self. My name is Ms Anne Wilander, I am an Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been working with the Halifax Bank for the past 8 years. The details of my proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I am the personal Account Manager to Engineer Luis R. Ramalho since 2004, He used to work with the Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq, as an Expatriate. Unfortunately, During the war between U.S and Iraq my client and his family were killed in a bomb last that hit his house in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being that I am his personal Account before his death. The last notice for claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a next of kin to claim the funds or the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the fund.

    This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Some of my photo to this email for you to know me better. I am willing to send you more information for you to understand better.

    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon as I hear from you, I will direct you further on the legal procedure to claim the funds.

    Thanks for cooperation,
    Anne Wilander.

  2. I. from Brazil, And just receivef Anne mail. I’m keeping a conversation with her in order to see how far she wants to go with this lie.

  3. Just received a linkedin request from Anne as well resulting most likely in the same e-mail conversation. She is however now HR at Halifax…..

  4. Hi. I’m from Brazil too and I received the same ”proposal” today. This person uses people’s family name in order to try to convince you. See below:

    ”Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I want is a Honest business transaction with you. I will start by introducing my self. My name is Ms Anne Wilander, I am an Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been working with the Halifax Bank for the past 8 years. The details of my proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I am the personal Account Manager to Engineer Luis R. Palomo since 2004, He used to work with the Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq, as an Expatriate. Unfortunately, During the war between U.S and Iraq my client and his family were killed in a bomb last that hit his house in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being that I am his personal Account before his death. The last notice for claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a next of kin to claim the funds or the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the fund.

    This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Some of my photo to this email for you to know me better. I am willing to send you more information for you to understand better.

    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon as I hear from you, I will direct you further on the legal procedure to claim the funds.

    Thanks for cooperation,
    Anne Wilander.”

  5. Hello 🙂 I Am from Romania and Yesterday I have received via Linkedin the same proposal! 🙂

    Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I want is a Honest business transaction with you. I will start by introducing my self. My name is Ms Anne Wilander, I am an Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been working with the Halifax Bank for the past 8 years. The details of my proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I am the personal Account Manager to Engineer Luis R. Ghiorghiu since 2004, He used to work with the Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq, as an Expatriate. Unfortunately, During the war between U.S and Iraq my client and his family were killed in a bomb last that hit his house in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being that I am his personal Account before his death. The last notice for claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a next of kin to claim the funds or the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the fund.

    This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Some of my photo to this email for you to know me better. I am willing to send you more information for you to understand better.

    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon as I hear from you, I will direct you further on the legal procedure to claim the funds.

    Thanks for cooperation,
    Anne Wilander.

  6. I’m from Miami. I just receive an email from Anne Wilander this morning. She didn’t even sent an email and she already vanish from Linkedin. Weird.

  7. Be careful with this “ANNE WILANDER”. She add me in Linked In, then she sent me a message which say that she had a proposal to me. I thought that it was a job offer and then she sent me this e-mail, with 2 images of her, 1 of her ”employee card ID” and the other one of her.
    I search her at Linked In after the mail she sent me, and I found 2 profiles, one with picture and broken link and the other one without picture, 5 minutes later I search again for her, and there was the 2 profiles but both without pictures.

    Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I want is a Honest business transaction with you. I will start by introducing my self. My name is Ms Anne Wilander, I am an Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been working with the Halifax Bank for the past 8 years. The details of my proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I am the personal Account Manager to Engineer Alan R. Flores since 2004, He used to work with the Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq, as an Expatriate. Unfortunately, During the war between U.S and Iraq my client and his family were killed in a bomb last that hit his house in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being that I am his personal Account before his death. The last notice for claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a next of kin to claim the funds or the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the fund.

    This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Some of my photo to this email for you to know me better. I am willing to send you more information for you to understand better.

    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon as I hear from you, I will direct you further on the legal procedure to claim the funds.

    Thanks for cooperation,
    Anne Wilander.

  8. Hola, Soy de México y acabo de recibir el mismo correo a nombre de Anne Wilander, también me envío invitación de LinkedIn.

  9. I m from France and Anne like me, but google help me and Anne wont’ be one of my friend 😉
    Beware

    • Thank you for the comment Sylvain and Rocio. Good to hear you are careful out there. Interesting to hear this Anne case is really global, totally worldwide.

  10. I received the same mail in the same way. It seems like working for Halliburton is very profitable since all our relatives were able to make more than 3 billion dollars each, but also bad luck since all of them were killed by a bomb (bad karma probably goes to the people behind this). This looks like a pishing campaigm were these criminals steal our identities so my recommendation is to block them as spam since they can supplant ourselves from information obtained from our LinkedIn, Facebook, etc profiles or even sending us some harmful pictures or ZIP files with a Trojan or worm in there. Is not bad idea to run some spyware or antivirus software.

    Here is the letter:

    Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I want is a Honest business transaction with you. I will start by introducing my self. My name is Ms Anne Wilander, I am an Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been working with the Halifax Bank for the past 8 years. The details of my proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I am the personal Account Manager to Engineer Alan R. Salcedo since 2004, He used to work with the Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq, as an Expatriate. Unfortunately, During the war between U.S and Iraq my client and his family were killed in a bomb last that hit his house in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being that I am his personal Account before his death. The last notice for claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a next of kin to claim the funds or the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the fund.

    This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Some of my photo to this email for you to know me better. I am willing to send you more information for you to understand better.

    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon as I hear from you, I will direct you further on the legal procedure to claim the funds.

    Thanks for cooperation,
    Anne Wilander.

  11. I just received from anne wilander, she puts on our last name in every each recipient, hahaha tricky!!!!

  12. same here..

    Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I want is an honest business transaction with you. I will start by introducing myself. My name is Ms. Anne Wilander, I am an Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been working with the Halifax Bank for 8 years now. The details of my proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I have been the personal Account Manager to Engineer Alan R. Macias since 2004, He worked with Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq as an Expatriate. Unfortunately, during the war between U.S and Iraq, my client and his family were killed in a bomb blast that hit his house in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being that I am his Personal Accountant before his death. The last notice for claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a next of kin to claim the funds or the account will be confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the fund.

    This project will be of a great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. I will also attach my photo and my bank ID card to this email for you to know me better. I am also willing to send you some more information for your better understanding.

    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon as I hear from you, I will further direct you on the legal procedure to claim the funds.

    Thanks for cooperation,

    Anne Wilander.

  13. Hi I am Tanya, I have received the same email from Anne Wilander. I reported her to the website, they told me that they will take the appropriate against her. But her profile has disappeared.

    Here is the email I got from her with an ID card and a picture of herself:

    Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I want is an honest business transaction with you. I will start by introducing myself. My name is Ms. Anne Wilander, I am an Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been working with the Halifax Bank for 8 years now. The details of my proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I have been the personal Account Manager to Engineer Alan R. Cole since 2004, He worked with Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq as an Expatriate. Unfortunately, during the war between U.S and Iraq, my client and his family were killed in a bomb blast that hit his house in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being that I am his Personal Accountant before his death. The last notice for claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a next of kin to claim the funds or the account will be confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the fund.
    This project will be of a great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidate and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. I will also attach my photo and my bank ID card to this email for you to know me better. I am also willing to send you some more information for your better understanding.
    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon as I hear from you, I will further direct you on the legal procedure to claim the funds.
    Thanks for cooperation,
    Anne Wilander.

  14. I also got a LinkedIn invitation from Marie Gustafson, this time she works for Halifax bank in the UK… I have a former colleague in the banking industry from whom I haven’t heard in years named Marie Gustafson, and I thought she had moved to UK. I wrote a personal message to her in swedish, but got the same mail as above in return. Of course I terminated our LinkedIn connection and reported it.

    • The person behind this does not give up. So many have commented on this blog. All over the world.
      Thank you for your update.

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  16. Another e-mail from Brazil…
    I just would like to know what the is trap…
    RD

    Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for
    contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I
    want is a Honest business transaction with you. I will start by
    introducing my self. My name is Ms Lynn-Marie Gustafson, I am an
    Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been
    working with the Halifax Bank for the past 8 years. The details of my
    proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I am
    the personal Account Manager to Engineer Kenneth R. Doern since 2004,
    He used to work with the Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq, as an
    Expatriate. Unfortunately, During the war between U.S and Iraq my
    client and his family were killed in a bomb blast that hit his house
    in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy
    to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved
    unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
    trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I
    contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being
    that I am his personal Account before his death. The last notice for
    claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a
    next of kin to claim the funds or the account confiscated within the
    next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in
    repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before
    they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the
    fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3
    years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to
    the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of
    this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you,
    then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after
    claiming the fund.

    This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an
    attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all
    the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we
    may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing
    this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a
    legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
    law. Some of my photo to this email for you to know me better. I am
    willing to send you more information for you to understand better.

    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon
    as I hear from you, I will direct you further on the legal procedure
    to claim the funds.

    Thanks for cooperation,
    Lynn-Marie

  17. Today, but I don’t understand what is the business for her in this spamming? I hope s.b. can answer me.
    Thank u…

    A women was talking about a business proporsal and she sent me a message like that:
    > Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:51:06 +0100
    > Subject: Re: I have a bussiness proposal to share with you
    > From: lynngson21@gmail.com
    > To: rogexxxx@hotmail.com
    >
    > Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for
    > contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I
    > want is a Honest business transaction with you. I will start by
    > introducing my self. My name is Ms Lynn-Marie Gustafson, I am an
    > Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been
    > working with the Halifax Bank for the past 8 years. The details of my
    > proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I am
    > the personal Account Manager to Engineer Kenneth R. Bustos (quien chucha será ese) since 2004,
    > He used to work with the Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq, as an
    > Expatriate. Unfortunately, During the war between U.S and Iraq my
    > client and his family were killed in a bomb blast that hit his house
    > in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy
    > to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved
    > unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
    > trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I
    > contacted you.
    >
    > My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being
    > that I am his personal Account before his death. The last notice for
    > claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a
    > next of kin to claim the funds or the account confiscated within the
    > next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in
    > repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before
    > they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the
    > fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3
    > years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to
    > the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of
    > this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you,
    > then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after
    > claiming the fund.
    >
    > This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an
    > attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all
    > the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we
    > may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing
    > this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a
    > legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
    > law. Some of my photo to this email for you to know me better. I am
    > willing to send you more information for you to understand better.
    >
    > I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon
    > as I hear from you, I will direct you further on the legal procedure
    > to claim the funds.
    >
    > Thanks for cooperation,
    > Lynn-Marie
    And me I answered like that:
    Dear Lynn- Marie.
    Don’t waste your time and learn about fishing first. Fuck off.
    Sincerely.
    Kind Regards.
    I don’t understand what is the business about wasting her or his time.
    But was funny.

  18. i ALSO RECEIVED A FEW MINUTES AGO THE SAME KIND OF EMAIL. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS WOMAN? IS SHE NUTS?

  19. A mi me llego hoy el mismo mail, le conteste como si realmente le creyera, para saber hasta donde llega

  20. And now it has reached Sweden! I got a contact request and as she had connections to others within my network I accepted. Then i git the response with a business proposal and I got suspicious and googled her name and found this web-site. Good you keep track of this scam!

    /Rolf Drysén

    • Thank you Rolf for the comment. I start to think these kinds of scams will never go away. But we can try with blogging and commenting, and sharing the information, to minimize the harm which scams can cause.

  21. I received a few minutes ago and decided to check her name on google first before responding to it.
    below is the message received. for me is a linkedin scam.

    I have a business proposal to share with you…

    Lynn-marie Gustafson

    5 de fevereiro, 2015 20:41

    There is a business

    proposal in my office for our benefit. I

    will send you more information if you want.

    Write to my email address

    (mariegson21@gmail.com)

    sincerly,
    lynn-marie.

  22. I just recieve the same message via LinkedIn, i am based in Toronto

    I have a business proposal to share with you…
    Lynn-marie Gustafson
    February 10, 2015 4:40 PM
    There is a business

    proposal in my office for our benefit. I

    will send you more information if you want.

    Write to my email address

    (mariegson21@gmail.com)

    sincerly,
    lynn-marie.

  23. I have just received the same thing a couple of minutes ago. However, this is the second time I receive something like this. The one I received today was the same persona you are talking about, working as an accountant with Halifax Bank, I am not going to post the email again as it is the exactly the same thing but the name of the client.

  24. ”Today I recieved the same mail as so many of you. I reported it in LinkedIn:

    There is a business proposal in my office for our benefit. I will send you more information if you want. Write to my email address (mariegson21@gmail.com)

    sincerly,
    lynn-marie.”

  25. Hi I´m from Mexico and i got a very similar email from her via Linkedin, She gave me her email, but I realized it was a persoal email ( mariegson21@gmail.com ) , so if she is a real Halifax´s employee under the name of Lynn-marie Gustafson why does she share her personal email?? Just to let you know that your blog was useful and this is probably fishing / spam. This Alias Lynn-marie is too suspicious to trust.

  26. Hello
    I’m from Brazil and i receive the same email today. I want to the proposal of this email anyone knows ?
    Many person receive but, after receive what’s happens ?
    Regards,
    Robson

  27. Hi, Im from Mexico, They also commented that contact me, I share you a little more of the story you mention, I’m still not knowing who seek these people!

  28. Thanks for your responds, Please know that this transaction is very important and will be beneficial to us. All I require is your honest cooperation. First of all I will present you to the bank as the next of kin to the deceased. Then you will apply that his entitlement be transferred to you through the said legal processes. I shall direct you on the process of the claim, We shall start by sending a formal application to this effect. I will copy you with the text of the said claim and transfer application to this effect. Thereafter, the bank will request of you the relevant back up documents to your claim and application according to the demand of our probate law for transfer of funds. Once you have provided the Bank with their demands, they would now be under legal obligation to transfer the funds to your submitted bank account.

    As part of the procedure of the claims process, the documents that will be required from you will have to be acquired through legal procedures as the application of claim will be complimented with a legal award we shall have to seek from our law Court here in United Kingdom. You are not to worry about this, as I will use my office to get all the legal relevant documents for you to file claim.

    Be assured that the procedures to be adopted in effecting the transfer in your favour will be official and legal which will protect us from any breach of the law now and after the transfer though this transaction requires confidentiality.

    Above all, I personally count on the will and blessing of the almighty God to facilitate our plan and understanding, to produce not just success, but also peaceful sharing of the funds at the end of the day and a wealthy family business relationship thereafter. I also pray for establishment of cordial relationship between us, God being our helper.

    Please as soon as you read through this email, write me so I can send you a text of application in which you will contact the bank for the release of fund to you.

    Please Don’t Expose my information to any one else and keep this transaction confidential.

    Warm Regards,

    Lynn-marie

  29. Today i received an email from Lynn-Marie Gustafson but she changue her name to Marie Gustafson and she said that she is from Halifax Bank. Her story sounds me like a fraud

  30. I need to know what they get from these emails. I’ve played along with the scammer, and now a fake bank email address sends me an email asking for my passport and documents. So is this a case of identity theft or what??

    • Be careful. I think it is best to stay far away from the scammers. Never know what they try, in a very ”smart” way. Asking for passport info sounds very bad.

  31. Hi!

    This is Oscar from Mexico. Just got a connection request on Linkedin from Lynn Marie. I thought it was legitimate so I accepted the request and then received an email about a business proposal. I went through her contacts (only 87 or so) and found that most of them were Mexican, really odd if you work in Manchester at Halifax, a mayor bank. So i replied that I was looking forward to finding out what was the proposal and then I googled her email address and ended up here…

    Thanks for sharing the info. The whole ”next of kin” scam sounds so stupid, I wonder if anyone really buys it. I am going to notify Linked in about the profile.

    Have a nice week end and my best from México!

  32. This is the mail I just got:

    Thanks for your email. I want you to know that my reason for contacting you is very important. Please take this seriously. All I want is a Honest business transaction with you. I will start by introducing my self. My name is Ms Lynn-Marie Gustafson, I am an Accountant with Halifax Bank in the United Kingdom. I have been working with the Halifax Bank for the past 8 years. The details of my proposal and the reason why I contacted you is very important. I am the personal Account Manager to Engineer Kenneth R. Hernandez since 2004, He used to work with the Halliburton Oil before the war in Iraq, as an Expatriate. Unfortunately, During the war between U.S and Iraq my client and his family were killed in a bomb last that hit his house in 2009. Since his death I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

    My bank has issued me several notice to provide the Next of Kin being that I am his personal Account before his death. The last notice for claim came to my desk a week ago. I have been notified to provide a next of kin to claim the funds or the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 3,472,000 Million US Dollar can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the fund.

    This project will be of great benefit to us. As a matter of fact, an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Some of my photo to this email for you to know me better. I am willing to send you more information for you to understand better.

    I will send you some important information in my next email. As soon as I hear from you, I will direct you further on the legal procedure to claim the funds.

    Thanks for cooperation,
    Lynn-Marie.

    I replied it was funny that an accountant had only 87 contacts on Linkedin and most of them were mexicans and told her to f@!k off.

  33. Hi I am from Mexico and this week I got the same email, from Lynn-Marie Gustafson from Halifax Bank.
    I have sent an email to the Halifax Bank to report this as a Safety Risk violation since the Company name is being used in Linked In.
    Also here is the link where you can find the way to report this type of events inside Linked In.
    https://help.linkedin.com/app/safety/answers/detail/a_id/146

    Hopefully, if they see several of us reporting the same person they will be able to do something about it.

  34. In I just received one seems that LinkedIn didn’t do anything .

    LinkedIn

    Lynn-marie Gustafson

    Lynn-marie Gustafson
    Accounting at Halifax

    There is a business proposal in my office for our benefit. I will send you more information if you want. Write to my email address (mariegson21@gmail.com)

    sincerly,
    lynn-marie.

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  35. She still try for something………

    she send me some data to contact directly to the bank……see below:

    Here is the TEXT OF
    APPLICATION to contact the bank for the
    claim of the fund in the account of Late
    Engineer Kenneth R Aguilar….
    You are to filled the form correctly, I want you to
    contact the bank immediately due to the
    period of time the bank has given, to enable
    the bank transfer the money into your
    account as soon as possible.
    You are to send your application to the bank
    via email. The bank’s email address is
    (TRANSFER.DEPT@HALIFAX-EGROUP.COM)
    As soon as you contact the bank; Please update me so
    that I can direct you on the next line of action.
    God Bless you.
    Please attach a valid ID CARD along when
    contacting the bank

    Regards,
    Ms Lynn- Marie Gustafson

    In my opinionshe try to deviate some founds using your information.

    Take care about this scrammers!!

    I already reported to:
    Reporting fraud –> security@halifax.co.uk

    Best regards! / Saludos (Mexico)

  36. I received the same email from Lynn-marie Gustafson….

    the moment she add me, she only had like 60 contacts… when she sent me the message she had like 200 contact in just a couple of minutes..

    I suspect that if you continue the game.. she will ask you some money to pay the lawyer but its just a tiny amount compare with the 3.4 millions you are going to win.

    then I just reply her.. please no scam.. and she disappear from linked in..

    • 11:19AM 4/1/2015 Lynn-marie Gustafson escribió:
      ——————–
      There is a business proposal in my office for our benefit. I will send you more information if you want. Write to my email address (mariegson21@gmail.com)

      sincerly,
      lynn-marie.

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