E-mail scams targeting Rotarians
Rotary International continues to receive notice of e-mail phishing scams targeting Rotarians.
Some scams claim to be from RI in Great Britain and Ireland or say that the recipient has been selected in a raffle for a prize and the recipient's contact information is needed. Another scam still circulating claims that a deceased Rotarian has left money to the e-mail recipient to be donated to philanthropic efforts. The sender, who claims to be the executor of the will, then asks for the recipient’s personal information, including a copy of the individual’s passport and driver’s license, in order to claim the inheritance.
Here is an example of one scam that is circulating:
Last and Final Notification of Bequest.
On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Rotarian Mark Andreoni,I write to notify you that my late client made you a beneficiary to the bequest sum of Ten Million US Dollars in the codicil to his will and last testament.
My client decided to bequeath his estate to a fellow member of Rotary Club with a good track record. Rotarian Mark Andreoni (late) before his demise has no child nor wife to bequeath his estate to. In view of that, RotarianMark Andreoni (late), made you a beneficiary in his will. Rotarian Mark Andreoni,died on 14th day February 2006 after a brief illness. Until his death he wasconsultant to several oil and gas industries. He had a sojourn in the United States and so many other countries before he came to Cairn Energy PLCan oil and gas exploration and production company based in the United Kingdom. MyClient, Rotarian Mark Andreoni was the president of Rotary Club of ABINGDON-ENGLAND,with club number: 0000039890, District: 1180, he was a dedicated christian and a philantropist .
This bequest is to support your activities,humanitarian services and help to the less-privileged.
Please if you receive this email as expected, you should endeavor to get back to meas soon as possible to enable me conclude my legal duty, you should forward along your current telephone and fax numbers, your current occupation, age and mailing address. Also to be sent to me is the biodata page of your international passport or drivers licence as a proper identification.
Once again, I congratulate you for this is a significant honor indeed.
Barrister Dezi Daniel (Sectional Head)
Probate and Bequest Division For: TRAVERS ROLAND
BRAITHWAITE & PARTNERS
Please note that RI does not solicit funds through e-mail, nor does it ask that personal information be updated by e-mail or other electronic means. RI encourages Rotarians to avoid becoming victims of these scams by deleting any e-mail that appears suspicious.