time, many of the scam approaches have exploited major world events
such as the 9/11 atrocities and the tsunami disaster. These
solicitations usually claim that a wealthy person died in these
events and left millions in an account that can be pillaged.
Often, these scammers will allege that they are relatives of the
deceased and therefore are entitled to the money.
2004, many of these scam artists began using lesser known events to
convince victims of the validity of spurious claims. Typically
such letters claim that a specific person died in a car accident,
air crash, revolution, massacre, etc. allegedly leaving millions
behind in an account or trust--or one of several other variations.
initial solicitation letter will direct the intended victim to click
on a hyperlink which will lead to a legitimate news story covering
the death. Accidental deaths occur regularly and revolutions,
civil conflicts and the like are not uncommon. News reports
covering such events can be found in any Web-based news services on
a daily basis.
an authentic news story reporting, for instance, the death of
a "Mr. X in the air crash of flight 123" does not mean
that the scammer has any connection to Mr. X or that Mr. X had any
naive, however, may be convinced the scammer's claims are true after
reading a credible news story about the death of a person, picked at
random from a news source by the scammer.