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. No huh, kuulen mielelläni, jos joku osaa kertoa, miten tuollainen on mahdollista. Vastaavia viestejä tulee jo sähköpostiinkin ihan liikaa tv. Tiina-Mari/ZUMA

    • Kiitos kommentista Tiina-Mari. Tämä tapaus on kyllä erikoinen. Tiedotan, kun kuulen LinkedIn Corp:n vastauksen tai muilta tahoilta saatua lisäinfoa.

  2. Niin LinkedIn kuin huijausprofiilissa mainittu yritys tutkivat nyt tapausta. Molemmat tahot ovat 100% vastaan tällaista LinkedInin väärinkäyttöä.

  3. Mainiota että tutkivat asiaa. En soisi LinkedInin joutuvan tuollaisen spämmäyksen/huijausyrityksen välineeksi.

  4. Hi this people think we are stupid, i will paste the proposal she made me….

    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 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. Cusmir… 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,
    Marie Gustafson.

    • Thanks for sharing Gabriel.
      So this fake Marie G continues to fraud attempts. Sad. From my side the question still remains: How had she hacked the Resurs Bank LinkedIn Company info and made a real profile with huge info? Why didn’t anyone react? How can the account suddenly turn shadowy … half there, half not. LinkedIn support didnt reply to this. They just regretted that anything has happened. Like Resurs Bank. No one seemed to listen to the real question. I find that odd.

  5. Interesting…I just got the initial email from her, and I found some coincidences…she has a contact name in my network with same last name , and by looking in the internet she has also been in contact with some other nationalities with some coincidence in the last name. Thanks for the heads up. I will be careful with this spam. Terveisin.

  6. Hi, I’m from Peru, and i receive the same message int he same way. Fortunatelly I search first their name and found your post.
    Their profile URL is: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=326801404
    And their message was:

    Hello,

    My name is Marie and I have an interesting business proposal that will be highly beneficial to us. If you are interested PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL: mariegus1@gmail.com and I will give a complete detail about this proposal. Thank you.

    Marie Gustafson

    • Wow, almost the same text and email. And in Peru this time! Glad you found out about the LinkedIn page scam, before taking the next step 🙂

  7. Hi, I’m from Peru, and i receive the same message int he same way. Fortunatelly I search first their name and found your post.
    Their profile URL is: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=326801404
    And their message was:

    Hello,

    My name is Marie and I have an interesting business proposal that will be highly beneficial to us. If you are interested PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL: mariegus1@gmail.com and I will give a complete detail about this proposal. Thank you.

    Marie Gustafson

    Hola, soy de Perú y el dia de hoy recibí este mensaje, tengan cuidado, es falso.

    Por suerte encontré este post.

    Estafas a travez de LinkedIn

  8. BUENAS NOCHES! A MI TAMBIEN ME SUCEDIO LO MISMO, RECIBI UNA SOLICITUD A TRAVES DE LINKEDIN POR UNA PROPUESTA DE NEGOCIOS, Y LUEGO ME ENVIO LOS MISMOS CORREOS ELECTRONICOS QUE USTEDES COMPARTIERON, LO UNICO QUE CAMBIA ES EL APELLIDO. CUAL ES EL FIN DE MARIE??

    GOOD NIGHT! ALSO HAPPENED TO MY ME THE SAME, I RECEIVED A REQUEST THROUGH LINKEDIN FOR A BUSINESS PROPOSAL, AND THEN SEND ME THE SAME EMAILS THAT YOU SHARED, THE ONLY THING THAT IS THE LAST CHANGE. IS THE END OF MARIE?

    • Thank you for adding your comment. So this scam is moving around, from country to country. But still via LinkedIn. I have tried to activate LinkedIn personnel – but with no success so far. 😉 Let’s hope they close these scam pages. 🙂

  9. BUENAS NOCHES! A MI TAMBIEN ME SUCEDIO LO MISMO, RECIBI UNA SOLICITUD A TRAVES DE LINKEDIN POR UNA PROPUESTA DE NEGOCIOS, Y LUEGO ME ENVIO LOS MISMOS CORREOS ELECTRONICOS QUE USTEDES COMPARTIERON, LO UNICO QUE CAMBIA ES EL APELLIDO. CUAL ES EL FIN DE MARIE??

    GOOD NIGHT! ALSO HAPPENED TO MY ME THE SAME, I RECEIVED A REQUEST THROUGH LINKEDIN FOR A BUSINESS PROPOSAL, AND THEN SEND ME THE SAME EMAILS THAT YOU SHARED, THE ONLY THING THAT IS THE LAST CHANGE. IS THE END OF MARIE?

  10. Hello here from Perú,

    I was contacted the same way, just that she was supposed to work at Halifax (http://www.halifax.co.uk/). That woman connect to new people all the morning, when I checked she had more than 220 connections, all from Perú apparently. I just reported the case to Linkedin so they shut down the profile and to gmail so she can´t contact more people with the same gmail account. I know at the end she (or he) can create a new profile in linkedin, google, facebook, etc. but at least I may have made her (or him) lose the morning, right?

    Well, thanks for posting the case Jonna.

    • This just continues – I got a new linking request, now from Halifax and Anne Wilander. Same hacking and scamming going on. I shall report this to LinkedIn, but it seems nothing is done by their part. Many have reported this scamming matter to LInkedIn.

  11. Happened here too. I got the invitation from Marie in LinkedIn.

    Her details are now:
    Accounts Officer at Halifax Bank
    London, Greater London, United Kingdom Banking

  12. hi! I´ve just received the same message from Marie G. Thanks everyone for posting and comment about this scam.

  13. 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 myself. My name is Ms 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. Cruz 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 the embassy to locate any of my client’s 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 due to, 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 Dollars can be paid to you, then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you, after claiming the funds.

    This project will be of 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. A copy of my work ID is attached to this email to enable you know me better. I am willing to send you more information for more clarity.
    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 your cooperation,
    Marie Gustafson.

  14. Today I received contact Marie Gustafson here in Brazil. This first contact was the same as showed in the discussed above. I appreciate the warning about it. One detail: I saw that the connections I share with that person has the same last name as mine. Souza

    • Hi, thank you for sharing your experience. Interesting that your connections have the same last name… is that the tactic ”Marie” has used to lure into your network?

  15. Hi everyone, I’m from Peru and this morning I have received the same mail from Marie Gustafson, fortunately I have tracked some data about her with some help of a friend of mine:

    -Student of Oxford University
    -She lives at Manchester, United Kingdom
    -Born in 1989
    -Staff ID from Hallifax Bank: 240095HX
    And, I have a picture of her ID from Hallifax Bank with her signature

    And like everyone else, she contacted me via LinkedIn, but, her profile just vanished after she contacted me.
    For the comments I can see that she also uses the same amount and just changes the last name of the guy named Kenneth R. (your last name here). This is really sad and stupid.

    But, you know what? I want to know more about this kind of scam, so I will follow her game to see where or what she can get. I will keep you posted, guys.

    Thank you for sharing this with everyone Jonna. This was so helpful not just for you, but, for everyone else.

    • Hi and thank you. Appreciate you took the time to investigate. I tried but did not get past the shadow updates (account vanishes, but is seen as a shadow) in LinkedIn. LinkedIn promised to investigate and help stop this chain, but they never came back on this issue…
      If you can go on investigating this, thank you, and I shall check what I can do on my side. I had no idea, when I wrote by blog post, that this matter touches people globally.
      Let’s keep in touch.

  16. I have some connections with the same surname as Souza is very common here in Brazil. She needs someone with an appropriate surname to the history of money sitting in the bank. As she gets more contacts with the same surname, the higher the amount of people to forward the ”business proposal”

  17. Of the scams that exist here in Brazil, some promise significant financial gain easy and when the victim is already well engaged in the story, the scammer creates a pretext for the victim give him money before you have access to significant financial gain easy. After giving money, the victim never gets contact with the scammer.

  18. Just got this today from uk.linkedin.com/pub/marie-gustafson/92/887/592

    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)

    Warm Regard,
    Marie Gustafson.

  19. Hello,

    I´m from Brazil and guess who´s trying to add me on Linkedin!!??

    Marie Gustafson
    Accounting at Halifax
    Manchester, Greater Manchester, United KingdomBanking

    I Googled and found your site. Thanks for share the information!!

    Best Regards

    • This just continues – I got a new linking request, now from Halifax and Anne Wilander. Same hacking and scamming going on. I shall report this to LinkedIn, but it seems nothing is done by their part.
      Be careful out there – do not connect with anyone from Halifax, UK. It is a start to a scamming and spamming project.

  20. Hi! I am also from Brazil, and was also contacted by this person. I googled the person, since the information on Linkedin was untrustworthy. It’s a good thing I did. Now, this person should be punished, not for the spam, but for getting our hopes up and turning out to be a fraud. Too bad, I could use that money….

    ”Marie Gustafson
    Accounting at Halifax
    Manchester, Greater Manchester, United KingdomBanking

    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)

    Warm Regard,
    Marie Gustafson.”

  21. well, I just received the exactly same message, text, values, only the last name changed, to be the same as mine….incredible
    below is her message

    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 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. Refundini… 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,
    Marie Gustafson.

  22. Marie Gustafson
    Banking at Halifax

    I have a business proposal and i will want to do business with you, i believe we could have a good business relationship so i contacted you, if you are interested simply write to my personal email ID (magista01@gmail.com)

    Best regards

    Marie

    I have let linkedIn close the account
    🙂

  23. 🙂

    yes Linkedin.com

    Sorry, this profile couldn’t be displayed.
    This may be due to a change in the status of the profile, or some other issue.

  24. I got the same mail yesterday. So i told her am a trained accountant she should forward the so called information and i will let my attorney take over. This is her mail 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 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. Agyemang… 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,
    Marie Gustafson.

    She didnt dare reply my mail again.

  25. Hello everybody, only to let you know that there is one more person, or Marie G. already changed her name, below there is more information:

    First, accept my thanks for taking the time to honestly respond with eagerness to know what this is all about. Please endeavor to read all the details about this deal carefully. It is important that you know this much before we proceed, hence, I have taken the time to explain in detail. This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal for both of us..

    I am Lara Herbert, an accountant with Metro Bank Plc, London United Kingdom. I have worked here for a little more than 9 years now and before I became an executive accountant of the Bank. I was the personal accountant to one Engineer (Anderson Coronel) a foreign contractor with Royal Dutch plc who have an investment account with my bank. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contacted you independently of our investigation and no one is informed about this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you.

    Unfortunately, my client died along with his nuclear family at France while on sabbatical in the summer of 2009, may their souls have eternal rest. He died without leaving a will. Several efforts were made to find his extended family through your Embassy without success this is why I have contacted you as I feel it would not have been the last wishes of my late client for his whole life’s savings to be transferred to a government reserves. He had always complained of the government unfavorable monetary policies, taxes and so on while he was alive. I received a notice last week to provide the next of kin of Anderson Coronel being I was his accountant or the account risk been transferred to the government (escheat) in 14 days time. I am contacting you to assist me in repatriating the funds left behind by my late client since you both share the same last name.

    This claim will be executed without breaching any UK laws and success is guaranteed if we cooperate on this. The bank will release the account to you because of your last name and my recommendation of you as the next of kin.

    I am a very religious person and I have the fear of God in me and I believe in Honesty, I expect the same from you. I am willing to send you my photos and ID for you to know me better as soon as I get your response. The amount involved is 8,649,400 GBP (Great Britain Pounds), This huge amount of money is still in his account which is yet to be claimed by anybody as there was no living will in place when he died. I propose we share the proceeds 50/50, I think this is fair. I will give you all the necessary information about deal when I get your response.

    I anticipate your cooperation. Treat this proposal with utmost confidentially and urgency for a 100% success and if you are not interested please delete this mail. Upon receipt of your response via email, I will provide you with details and relevant documents that will help you understand this transaction.

    Sincerely

    Lara Herbert

  26. Hello guys, I received the same message from ”Marie”. The best way to stop this scam, at least this one, is to make it public as much as we can. So send a message to your local news reporter explaining the situation, I strongly believe that they’d love to make some noise about this.

    I already did and 4 of my contacts in the same situation too.

  27. This is my story too. I just was suspicious of why on earth she give me this opportunity in Halifax? After a 2 second Googling her name, I found this post. Anyway thanks Jonna for sharing. Will share it in my G+

  28. 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 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. Chauhan… 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,
    Marie Gustafson.

    I received this email on contacting her via email.
    I don’t understand what does she want to do ? What would she do with one email ID ?

    • The email I received, after receiving a LinkedIn invite for job purposes, was a normal scam email. She will ask for more personal information.

  29. Thanks Jonna for creating this post.
    Im from Ecuador, she also contacted me today.
    ”She” used the exact same picture, name, but works now in Banking at Halifax.

    ”Subject: Response needed
    I have a business proposal and i will want to do business with you. I believe we could have a good business relationship so i contacted you. If you are interested simply write to my personal email ID (magista01@gmail.com)

    Best regards

    Marie”

    I will report this user to linked in. Hopfully they do something.

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  31. I got the same message, googled her name and fortunately came across this website. It’s a pitty that linked it hasn’t done anything about it

  32. Hello Jonna. I’m from Braziland a few months ago I published in your blog the experience that I had with the invitation of Marie Gustafson. Today on linkedin, I was invited by a guy named Elisabirth Shang from Metro Bank of London and after she sent the same message of Marie Gustafson. Again the same scam.
    See bellow the message:

    ”I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn in other to share an interesting business proposal with you.I’ll give you details if you seem interested by emailing me on my private email ( elizabirth01shang@gmail.com ) for briefs and procedures.”

  33. Hello and thank you for the comment. It is good to warn people about these scams. Let’s hope we manage together to make a positive difference, even a small one.

  34. Hello there,
    I am from Argentina and also received the invitation. I am an IT consultant (+20 years experience).
    They are Chinese hackers trying to get an email DB and bank credentials. Beware. Good luck!

  35. I’m from Belgium,

    Hi Jonathan,

    I will be brief. I am a banker and I am having issues with a late client. He has no next of kin. Your last name matches his and I will want to present you as the next of kin to claim his funds here. If you are interested,I can give you all the information you need. Please this is confidential and there is no risk involved I assure you.

    Marie

  36. I’m from Belgium and got about the same letter by mail, it was through a woman called Anne Wilander who was looking for contact using LinkedIn. She wrote me the following:

    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 Kenneth R. Werkhoven 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.

  37. I’m from Belgium, I got today this email from Anne Wilander, who got my name trough LinkedIn:

    It’s the same structure and complete fraud:

    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 Kenneth R. Werkhoven 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.

  38. A single search on Google using his profile image* returned 12 results. All of them are linked with different Linkedin profiles.

    Isn’t it enough for Linkedin to investigate these users?

    * google search: http://goo.gl/N4ejRL

  39. eu também recebi!!!!

    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 Kenneth R. Hesketh 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.
    Quoting Alessandra Hesketh :

    > Hello Anne!I’m returning your e-mail by LinkdIn. I’m from
    > Brasil.What’s your proposal?
    > Best
    > regards,
    > Alessandra Hesketh

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