## Playing with an inheritance scammer: Molobane Karabo

Correspondence with an inheritance scammer.  I don’t live up to the great James Gleitch, but this at least illustrates the mechanics of the scam technique.

Hello, I sent you an email about a pending Inheritance of US$17.3Million. Did you get my previous email or should I re-send it. Regard, Mr Kelvin Roberts (playing dumb:) Hi Mr Roberts, I did not receive your email, but it surely was not intended for me, so you should check and correct the email address you sent it to. Peeter Thank you for your email, as you already know my name is Kelvin Roberts , I contacted you regarding the sum of US$17.3Million, this fund actually belongs to a deceased customer, of our financial institute  who passed away without leaving a will/next of kin to any person,and contacted you because i have made several inquiries from here to locate any extended relatives or friends of his, which has proved unsuccessful for me, after these several unsuccessful attempts, so for the funds not to be forfeited to the bank /government as an unclaimed funds that is why i wanted to present you as the beneficiary to the funds.

So I am prepared to make you the next of kin if you are ready to cooperate with me. I shall provide all the information needed to approve you as the beneficiary and all this will be done in a legal manner.

Let me know if you are willing to proceed with me so I can tell you what your role will be and what is required from you. Do keep confidential.

Mr Kelvin Roberts

(still playing dumb:)
Hi Robert,
I’m sorry, but I am not a US citizen, and am surely not eligible for your transfer.  My mother, who passed away with pancreatic cancer a few years ago, was a US citizen.  However, I never went ahead and acquired my official dual citizenship, and cannot do so now.
Peeter
It does mean because i am writing from South Africa not US so go through my email below then understand this transaction better.

First I want to thank you for your prompt response to my email. I really do appreciate your kind of gesture towards this matter. But as a matter of fact I want you to also be rest assured that this transaction is real and is 100% legitimate and risk free, consequently there is nothing for you to worry about.

Basically, I want your total full co-operation and trust, somebody who will entrust this funds in his hand before/prior my coming over to have my share of the money. And please, Bear in mind that, if there is going to be any problem I will never even start or rather embark on it, considering my position at the bank and my life entitlement, my families and children. This is my lifetime opportunity, I planned and waited patiently for this opportunity, so please be very understanding about this transaction.

Upon your full assurance and willingness to proceed on this transaction, I will start the whole process immediately to put in place all relevant  your full name and information should appear on our central computer database,  having you as the rightful heir to the funds. With my position in the bank to make sure everything goes well when it comes to the point of making the transfer to your account in your country and this must be done before submitting your application for release request.

Consequently as a result of the urgency and time being of the essence I will appreciate you forward to me with the  following
information

5 Occupation/profession.
6 Marital status

I will want to give you the assurance that this project is scheduled to be completed within 7 to 10 working days if all instructions are followed up religiously. and i have also agreed to give you 50% while i get 50%. But you have to assure me that you are going to be trustworthy and honest because the bottom line and most important thing is for both parties to be honest and fair in this matter, especially when it comes to money issues.

Let me know if you are willing to proceed with me so I can tell you what your role will be and what is required from you. Do keep confidential.

Mr Kelvin Roberts

(He wants my identity, but not my banking info.  Interesting.  I added a couple of weeks delay on purpose, since he said there was a 7-10 day timeline.)
Hi Mr Roberts,
I was excited about the possibility of all that money, but for some reason your email went into my spam folder, and now it is too late.  Should an opportunity like this arrive in the future, please keep me in mind.
Peeter
(he repeats himself:)

First I want to thank you for your prompt response to my email. I really do appreciate your kind of gesture towards this matter. But as a matter of fact I want you to also be rest assured that this transaction is real and is 100% legitimate and risk free, consequently there is nothing for you to worry about.

Basically, I want your total full co-operation and trust, somebody who will entrust this funds in his hand before/prior my coming over to have my share of the money. And please, Bear in mind that, if there is going to be any problem I will never even start or rather embark on it, considering my position at the bank and my life entitlement, my families and children. This is my life time opportunity, I planned and waited patiently for this opportunity, so please be very understanding about this transaction.

Upon your full assurance and willingness to proceed on this transaction, I will start the whole process immediately to put in place all relevant  your full name and information should appear on our central computer database,  having you as the rightful heir to the funds. With my position in the bank to make sure very things go well when it comes to the point of making the transfer to your account in your country and this must be done before submitting your application for release request.

Consequently as a result of the urgency and time being of the essence I will appreciate you forward to me with the  following
information

5 Occupation/profession.
6 Marital status

I will want to give you the assurance that this project is scheduled to be completed within 7 to 10 working days if all instructions are followed up religiously. and i have also agreed to give you 50% while i get 50%. But you have to assure me that you are going to be trustworthy and honest because the bottom line and most important thing is for both parties to be honest and fair in this matter, especially when it comes to money issues.

Let me know if you are willing to proceed with me so I can tell you what your role will be and what is required from you. Do keep confidential.

Mr Kelvin Roberts

(What I gave him:)
I don’t have a phone number at the moment, and am working on picking a new service (long story.)
Peeter Joot
67
40 College Street,
Toronto ON M5G 2J3
5 Occupation/profession.
Retired.
6 Marital status
Married.

Just finish a meeting with the lawyer it was successfully, he told me it will cost us $2,550 to help obtain the full relevant documents in your name from the court and other government departments, signed them on your behalf send to you that you will forward to the bank for the release of your inheritance as the sole beneficiary of the funds , so we split it as partner please get back to me so that i will tell you how to send it to the lawyer. I await your reply. Mr Kelvin Roberts (more playing dumb:) Hi Mr Roberts, Sorry, I didn’t fully understand. Do you need$2550 or half of that?
Is a personal cheque okay, and if so, where should it be mailed?
Peeter
Yes, it is $2550 for the lawyer to help us put together the whole relevant documentation that we make you the beneficiary to the funds but you have to send it through western union money transfer via my secretary name that i will send to you which will be faster so i await your reply. (more playing dumb:) Hi Mr Roberts, I’ve never done a western union money transfer. Is that hard to do? Peeter No is not hard all you need do is to go to western union money office and tell them you want to send money to a friend in South Africa then they ask for the information i am to send to you also your information as the sender thereafter after payment they will issue you a payment slip that you will scan and attached to me for pick up to enable the lawyer start the process. (I didn’t reply, but he must have thought he hooked one, and sent me enough identity that he or somebody else could do a Western Union pickup:) So find below the payment information, you are to send it to my secretary via western union money transfer after payment send me the payment scan slip to enable me forward it to the lawyer so that he can start the whole process. Payment information First Name Molobane Middle Name Karabo Surname Mogaone Question To Whom Answer Friend Address 78 Clive St Robindale, Randburg, 2032. Randburg City Johannesburg .. Country South Africa Now I thought I’d get to mess with him: Hi Mr Roberts, When I searched for the address of the closest western union, I found that Elon Musk had announced that Doge coin had replaced money transfer services like western union. I guess that he has so much money that he bought the company. However, I can’t figure out how I can convert$2550 into doggies.  Can you give me detailed instructions please.

Peeter

Sigh.  At this point he either gave up on me as a useless idiot, or figured out I was playing with him.  I didn’t get any more replies.  He’s not a very good coach, and didn’t even object to me wanting to convert money to “doggies.”

## Some neighbourhood sidewalk art

April 10, 2021 Just for fun

## My first “nigerian scammer” email in German

November 13, 2019 Just for fun

Is this any more believable auf Deutsch?

Guten Tag,

Es tut mir leid, Sie in dieser Angelegenheit ohne Ihre vorherige Zustimmung zu kontaktieren. Es war wegen der Dringlichkeit der Angelegenheit.

Ich bin Desmond OGEGEREGE, ein Rechtsanwalt, und der persönliche Anwalt von ein verstorbener Kunde aus Ihrem Land. Ich würde gerne wissen, ob wir zusammenarbeiten können in diese Transaktion?

Seit dem Tod meines Mandanten, sein Fonds im Wert Millionen in Dollar, in der Bank meines Landes ruhend gewesen. Die Bank hat mir eine Mitteilung gemacht, um die nächsten Angehörigen für die Forderung der Fonds zu präsentieren, andernfalls werden die Gelder beschlagnahmt.

Der Verstorbene starb bei einem Autounfall mit seiner ganzen Familie. Ich schreibe Ihnen in dieser Angelegenheit, weil Sie den gleichen Familiennamen wie der Verstorbene haben, daher können Sie an die Bank als mein verstorbener Kunde nächsten Angehörigen vorgestellt werden. Mit meiner Unterstützung als der verstorbene persönliche Anwalt, können Sie von der Bank genehmigt werden und das Geld wird Ihnen freigegeben werden.

Ich freue mich auf Ihre Antwort, wenn Sie interessiert sind und ich werde Ihnen weitere Details senden.

Good day,

I am sorry to contact you in this matter without your prior consent. It was because of the urgency of the matter.

I am Desmond OGEGEREGE, a lawyer, and the personal advocate of a deceased customer from your country. I would like to know if we can work together in this transaction?

Since the death of my client, his fund worth millions in dollars, has been resting in the bank of my country. The bank has sent me a message to present the next of kin for claiming the funds, otherwise the funds will be confiscated.

The deceased died in a car accident with his entire family. I am writing to you on this matter because you have the same surname as the deceased, therefore you can be introduced to the bank as my deceased customer next of kin. With my support as the late personal attorney, you can be approved by the bank and the money will be released to you.

I look forward to your answer, if you are interested and I will send you further details.

The little bit of German that I learned to read Euler’s books at the math library 25 years ago, aren’t enough for me to reply, but let’s see if they also speak english.

## What fun or important formulas would you put on a shirt?

June 2, 2018 Just for fun ,

Lance got a custom made glow in the dark “math, physics, and chemistry” shirt for his birthday a year or two ago (It was Sofia’s idea, she bought the materials, and I got to play.)

He is clearly unimpressed with the photo op, but I wanted to share this shirt, which includes some of the what I thought were a number of the most interesting or important relationships

• Gamma function, which generalizes factorial to non-integer values.
\label{eqn:formulas:20}
\Gamma(z + 1) = \int_0^\infty t^z e^{-t} dt.

This formula satisfies $$n! = \Gamma(n + 1)$$.

• Euler’s:
\label{eqn:formulas:40}
e^{n i \theta} = \lr{ \cos\theta + i \sin\theta }^n.

• Schr\”{o}dinger’s equation
\label{eqn:formulas:60}
i \, \hbar \PD{t}{} \ket{\psi} = H \ket{\psi}.

• Taylor series
\label{eqn:formulas:80}
f(x) = \sum_{k = 0}^\infty \frac{f^{(k)}(0)}{k!} x^k.

• Euler-Lagrange equations:
\label{eqn:formulas:100}
\PD{x_i}{\LL} = \frac{d}{dt} \PD{\dot{x}_i}{\LL}.

These formulas can be used to express most dynamics relations. You can think of them as basically being the consequence that physical laws are either inherently greedy or lazy.

• Stokes’ theorem, in its geoemetric algebra form
\label{eqn:formulas:120}
\oint_{\partial V} d^n \Bx \cdot T = \int_V d^n \Bx \cdot \lr{ \spacegrad \cdot T }.

• Quantum commutator relationships between position and momentum
\label{eqn:formulas:140}
\antisymmetric{X}{P} = i \, \hbar.

• Fourier transform
\label{eqn:formulas:160}
\tilde{f}(\omega) = \int_{-\infty}^\infty f(t) e^{-i \omega t} dt.

• Vector product
\label{eqn:formulas:180}
\Ba \Bb = \Ba \cdot \Bb + \Ba \wedge \Bb.

In geometric algebra the vector product has a dot and wedge product split. In \R{3} you can write this as
$$\Ba \Bb = \Ba \cdot \Bb + I (\Ba \cross \Bb)$$, where $$I = \Be_1 \Be_2 \Be_3$$.

• Relativisitic energy (Einstein’s)
\label{eqn:formulas:200}
E = \frac{m c^2}{\sqrt{1 – (\Bv/c)^2}}.

• Cauchy contour integral relationships for the nth derivative
\label{eqn:formulas:220}
f^{(n)}(s) = \frac{n!}{2 \pi i} \int_C dz \frac{f(z)}{(z-s)^{n+1}}

• Maxwell’s equations
\label{eqn:formulas:240}
\begin{aligned}
\partial_\mu F^{\mu\nu} &= J^\nu \\
\epsilon^{\mu \nu \rho \sigma} \partial_\nu F_{\rho \sigma} &= 0.
\end{aligned}

I’m partial to the geometric algebra form of Maxwell’s equations $$\grad F = J$$, but that wouldn’t have looked as good on the shirt.

• Dirac equation
\label{eqn:formulas:260}
0 = \lr{ i \gamma^\mu \partial_\mu – m } \psi.

If you had to pick a set of important formulas on a tee-shirt, which ones would you pick?