What is the Canadian inheritance scam and why it can be very dangerous

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“Opportunity makes the thief” says the proverb, indicating how people can take advantage of a particular situation to take advantage of it illegally. We get some screenshots of a conversation Messenger where a certain “Sudhakar Kavvampalli”, despite the Indian name, pretends to be Canadian David I. McKay, CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, with the aim of offering a “huge and easy profit” to what he hopes will be his next victim. We entered the “negotiation”, finding the obvious scam hatched by the Facebook user and the risks you could run by following his instructions.

Through a quick search, we notice that the name of David I. McKay appears on various sites dedicated to online scams. The CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada it is in fact one of the faces most used by this kind of scams, even in those where small sums of money are requested to unlock phantom accounts to those who fall into the scam. A system based on the identity of people who enjoy a certain credibility, as in the case of Giorgia Meloni and Roberto Saviano to convince people to invest in online trading.

The scammer’s first contact

The story of Sudhakar it seems taken from a book. Introducing himself as the CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, with a broken Italian, he says Ettore Rossi (invented name) that an Italian named Alex Rossi, “Owner of a gold mining company in Canada” and “one of the major shareholders” of the bank, would have died leaving an account equal to 78 million US dollars. In the absence of an heir, he proposes a Ettore Rossi to pretend to be the next of kin of Alex as they are both Italian and with the same surname.

Sudhakar, also under the false name of the Canadian CEO, says he already agrees with the bank and that the operation will be completely legitimate and free of legal consequences. In order for the deal to go through, claiming that he is not a greedy person, the fake banker proposes to divide the sum: 30% for Ettore, 40% to the bank and a 30% commission to help him start his “new project”. Faced with such an “attractive” offer, Sudhakar asks to be contacted urgently by email at [email protected] (to be sure he writes it twice in a few lines). The email was sent to him, but not from Hector.

The scammer’s request

With a Gmail address, we wrote to Sudhakar pretending to be Mr. Hector. About half an hour later, we receive an email where she once again turns to Ettore (without mentioning him) and not to the “intermediaries”. It is evident that this is an automatic and generic reply, sent to all those who try to contact the address provided in the messages via Facebook.

In order to proceed, Sudhakar asks a Hector to send some of your documents and personal information, such as your full name, date of birth, a copy of your passport or driver’s license, your profession, home address and a telephone number. Turning to important requests, the scammer tries to build greater trust by sending two documents in the name of the Canadian bank’s CEO, David I. McKay. They are both fakeas we can see thanks to another fake spread on the net attributed to this Aman Rita Tania (at the bottom of the article we will explain their origin).

The “automatic” responses

Usually, in an email discussion, emails are “bundled” one after the other. This “queue” of emails allows you to reconstruct the various phases of a negotiation or project, but this is not the case with Sudhakar. Whenever we send a message to your email address, the scammer responds by sending us an email “disconnected” from the others and without human control. We responded to his requests, but instead of sending Ettore Rossi’s data, we forwarded those of Paolino Paperino, resident in via del Platani 17 in Duckburg.

After about twenty minutes, we receive an email from Sudhakar where he addresses us as Mr. Paolino Donald holder of a new account opened at the Canadian bank. Attached we find a document, that of the fake license of Disney character (downloadable online here).

Sudhakar, who still passes himself off as David I. McKay, asks Paolino Donald to contact the bank at “[email protected](The domain is false) to continue the procedure, but above all to “not inform the management” of the agreement reached with him. To facilitate sending the email to the bank (at the bogus address), Sudhakar provides a pre-filled message in English where even the city of Duckburg is translated: «Duckburg».

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We repeated the operation, sending the message again with the fake data and Paolino Donald’s license, receiving the exact same email. A few minutes later, Sudhakar writes us a new message where he invites us to forward everything to the address «[email protected]», Apologizing for the mistake:« Sorry, an “s” has been omitted ». We carried out to the letter, forwarding the entire message from him including his request not to report the agreement to the bank and including it among the recipients. We asked him if we did everything correctly, replying immediately: “Yes”. Luckily he didn’t want to be mentioned, but we didn’t stop there: we sent everything to the bank’s addresses, starting from the Facebook profile to report the scam.

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What do you risk with this scam

By submitting your personal data, and in particular your own document such as your passport or driving license, you are giving scammers an additional identity to exploit to carry out illegal operations on your behalf. An example is that of registering domains to create fake sites of the Italian Post Office, initially attributing to you the responsibility for a possible crime “misleading” the investigations of the authorities.

A trivial and stupid scam? For nothing

These scams should not be underestimated. Not everyone is particularly careful and, taken by despair or false hopes, they could run into any deception orchestrated by malicious people. If this kind of business has costs, it is clear that there is an economic return. This “Canadian scam” is very reminiscent of the infamous “Nigerian scam” or “419 scam”. The victims of these activities are not few, someone would have spent tens of thousands of euros as told in a service de Hyenas.

Over the years there have also been violent reactions to this kind of scam. In 2003 a Nigerian diplomat was killed in the Czech Republic by a victim of the Nigerian scam. The previous year, a journalistic investigation associated these activities with 15 murders that occurred since the early 1990s.

The fake Canadian passport

Both of the previously shown fake passports were generated from the same matrix, the image of a fake passport that can be purchased online for $ 2,500.

In the example shown on the site, the identity is that of a certain Collee Jennifer. It is curious that this name is used for a Facebook account which, however, calls itself Aman Rita Taniathe same name present in the fake Canadian passport that we find in another scam and in a video on Youtube.

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