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Pavarotti e-mail scam targets Bahrain.

Byline: TOM HANRATTY

FRAUDSTERS claiming to be acting on behalf of the late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti Noun 1. Luciano Pavarotti - Italian tenor (born in 1935)
Pavarotti
 have been targeting people in Bahrain, it has emerged.

They have been sending out e-mails to local account holders saying they have been selected as a beneficiaries of his $31.5 million (BD11.9m) will. The message, which is typed in broken English, requests people submit their personal details personal details npl (on form etc) → coordonnées fpl

personal details person nplPersonalien pl

personal details 
 in order to collect the cash - a common tactic used by criminals to try and steal someone's identity.

"I must let you know that this transaction is 100 per cent risk free and the nature of your business does not necessarily matter," says the e-mail. "The late Luciano Pavarotti is offering you 30pc of the total sum for your good will and assistance, 65pc is for the charity work and 5pc will be mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred during the course of this transaction.

"Finally, all we demand of you is assurance that you will not sit on this funds when it finally gets to your personal or company's account in your country."

The e-mail is signed by barrister barrister: see attorney.
barrister

One of two types of practicing lawyers in Britain (the other is the solicitor). Barristers engage in advocacy (trial work), and only they may argue cases before a high court.
 Morris Van Cooper of the Van Cooper Firm in Den Haag, Netherlands - which the GDN GDN Garden (postal suffix)
GDN Gdansk, Poland - Rebiechowo (Airport Code)
GDN Global Data Network
GDN Goods Dispatch Note
GDN Global Disaster Network (Yahoo group) 
 could find no record of on the Internet.

It goes on to request personal details from the recipient, including their full name, mobile phone number, age, contact address and occupation.

The world renowned star Pavarotti died of cancer aged 71 in September 2007.

After being notified of the e-mail by the GDN, the Bahrain Internet Society (Internet Society, Reston, VA, www.isoc.org) An international membership organization dedicated to extending and enhancing the Internet, founded in 1992. It supports Internet bodies such as the IETF and works with governments, organizations and the general public to promote Internet  confirmed it was an example of the so-called Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud
See also: Scam baiting

An advance fee fraud is a confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance relatively small sums of money in the hope of realizing a much larger gain.
 scam, which attempts to trick people into revealing their personal details.

"Since this scam can come in multiple forms it is hard for the average person to detect it," said the organisation's chairman Ahmed Al Balooshi.

"Optimistic op·ti·mist  
n.
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.

2. A believer in philosophical optimism.



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 people are more likely to fall victim to these scams and the best way to prevent this is by education and awareness."

Mr Al Balooshi said people often reply to such e-mails because of a curiosity about what would happen next.

"The method varies but the common thing is you will be asked for you bank account, passport and other identity verification Noun 1. identity verification - the automatic identification of living individuals by using their physiological and behavioral characteristics; "negative identification can only be accomplished through biometric identification"; "if a pin or password is lost or ," he said.

"This information will be used to withdraw money from your account through identity theft.

"Others will ask for some money as transaction and service fee and once this is received from the victim in hope of getting the alleged amount, the scammers will disappear."

Mr Al Balooshi revealed that victims of such scams lose an average of around BD2,000.

The key advice for e-mail users in Bahrain, he said, was that if an offer seemed too good to be true then it probably was.

"All of these e-mails are related to money laundering The process of taking the proceeds of criminal activity and making them appear legal.

Laundering allows criminals to transform illegally obtained gain into seemingly legitimate funds.
, which is a crime that leads to jail and people should just delete these e-mails immediately," he said.

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