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419 Scam – Bank accounts of Holocaust victims

No human suffering is off-limits to the criminals who run "419" scams. Witness the scams that capitalized on the tsunami desaster in the Indian ocean. So it is not really surprizing when these criminals pose as Swiss officials in charge of bank accounts by European holocaust victims, using the image of murdered Nazi victims for criminal gain.

As in all 419 scams, the funds don't exist, the names and addresses are fake and the whole object is to get the spam recipient to send money to the criminals.

Here are several examples of 419 fraud emails connected to holocaust victims.

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"Patrick Berger"

Dear Friend 

What I relate to you via this message is very urgent but I urge you to 
read on for your assistance. There exists a dormant account belonging 
end to a non-Swiss indigene since World War II.It may interest you to 
know that in July of 1997, the Swiss Banker's Association published a 
list 
of dormant accounts originally opened by non-Swiss citizens. These 
accounts had been dormant since the end of World War II (May 9, 1945). 
Most belonged to Holocaust victims. The continuing efforts of various 
government set up committees have since resulted in the discovery of 
additional dormant accounts -54,000 in December, 1999. The published 
lists contain all types of dormant accounts, including interest- 
bearing savings accounts, securities accounts, safe deposit boxes, 
custody accounts, and non-interest-bearing transactionaccounts. 
Numbered accounts are also included. Interest is paid on 
accounts that were interest bearing when established. The Claims 
Tribunal handles processing of all claims on accounts due non-Swiss 
citizens. A dormant account holder (deceased) with a credit balance of 
21,000,000 US dollar plus accumulated interest was discovered by me, 
in my bank. The beneficiary was murdered during the holocaust era, 
Leaving no WILL and no possible records for trace of heirs. The Claims 
Tribunal has been mandated to report all unclaimed funds for permanent 
closure of accounts and transfer of existing credit balance into the 
treasury 
of Switzerland government as provided by the law for management of 
assets of deceased beneficiaries who died interstate (living no 
wills). 
Being an insider in the bank, I have all secret details and necessary 
contacts for claim of the funds without any hitch. The funds will be 
routed via a private financial facility, being a safe haven for the 
funds and we can share the funds and use in investment of our choice. 
Due to the sensitive nature of my job, I need a foreigner to HELP 
claim the funds.All that is required is for you to provide me with 
your details for processing of the necessary legal and administrative 
claim 
documents for transfer of the funds to you, to this regard, you are 
expected to fill out a text form. I will pay all required fees to 
ensure that the fund is transferred to a secured, numbered account in 
your name, where you will be capable of accessing the funds and 
gradually transfering to your country and other banks of choice in the 
world. You can find 
additional information about unclaimed funds at the following 
websites: http://www.swissbankclaims.com www.wiesenthal.com 
The Claims Processing Office has put funds in Escrow 
awaiting submission of valid claims for necessary disbursement. 
I find myself priviledged to have this information and this is a great 
opportunity of a life time of success without risks. Due to cautious 
reasons, reply via email only. You may reply to me securely through 
this email address(pbg5@k.ro) 

I await your urgent response to this proposal, 



My Regards 

Mr. Patrick Berger 

Two IP addresses in particular seem to be the source of many of the Holocaust-related 419 scam emails:
80.231.4.18
2005-04-13 17:15:07 UTCbergerpt@tiscali.co.uk
2005-04-13 22:20:43 UTCbergerpt@tiscali.co.uk
2005-04-13 22:45:03 UTCbergerpt@tiscali.co.uk
2005-04-13 23:14:17 UTCptberger@terra.com.mx
81.199.108.18
2005-04-16 23:27:29 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-16 23:27:59 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-16 23:33:31 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-23 03:48:07 UTCpberger123@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-25 01:27:32 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-25 01:38:16 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-25 01:38:43 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-25 01:42:39 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-27 20:20:38 UTCpberger123@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-27 20:22:58 UTCpberger123@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-28 01:47:00 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-28 02:14:21 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-28 02:18:05 UTCpatberger2@enterate.com.ar
2005-04-29 01:32:18 UTCpberger123@enterate.com.ar

These IP addresses also show up in many other "dead foreigner" scams.

WHOIS details for sending network (IP 80.231.4.18):

     inetnum:      80.231.4.0 - 80.231.4.255
     netname:      COBRANET-ISP-TGB
     descr:        Cobranet
     country:      NG
     admin-c:      HM1517-RIPE
     tech-c:       ED740-RIPE
     status:       ASSIGNED PA
     mnt-by:       AS8297-MNT
     source:       RIPE
     
     person:       Hikmat Mardo
     address:      Lagos-Nigeria
     address:      Lekki Phase 1
     address:      rafiu babatunde street plot 8
     phone:        +23417767720
     phone:        +234802 832 2133
     phone:        +23415555656
     phone:        +9613666325
     e-mail:       hjm@cobranet.org
     nic-hdl:      HM1517-RIPE
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     person:       Elie Dib
     address:      Lagos-Nigeria
     address:      Lekki Phase 1
     address:      rafiu babatunde street plot 8
     phone:        +9613235266
     e-mail:       elie@cobranet.org
     nic-hdl:      ED740-RIPE
     mnt-by:       IABG-MNT
     source:       RIPE
     
     % Information related to '80.231.0.0/16AS6453'
     
     route:        80.231.0.0/16
     descr:        Teleglobe
     origin:       AS6453
     mnt-by:       TELEGLOBE-MNT
     source:       RIPE

WHOIS details for sending network (IP 81.199.108.18):

     inetnum:        81.199.108.0 - 81.199.111.255
     netname:        CIDR-INTERCELLULAR-1
     descr:          Intercellular Nigeria Ltd
     country:        NG
     admin-c:        YA95-RIPE
     tech-c:         YA95-RIPE
     status:         ASSIGNED PA
     mnt-by:         AS12491-MNT
     source:         RIPE # Filtered
     
     person:         Yakubu Adamu
     address:        5th Floor, UBA House 57
     address:        Marina, Lagos
     address:        Nigeria
     phone:          +234 14704387
     fax-no:         +234 12643014
     e-mail:         akintolad@intercellular-ng.com
     e-mail:         adamuy@intercellular-ng.com
     nic-hdl:        YA95-RIPE
     source:         RIPE # Filtered

Here are some more email addresses used for the scam:

  • bergerpt@tiscali.co.uk
  • p_berger@terra.es
  • pat_berger@europe.com
  • pat_berger@myway.com
  • patberger1@tiscali.dk
  • patberger2@enterate.com.ar
  • patberger@mail2world.com
  • patrick.berger24@hotmail.ro
  • patrick_berger@excite.com
  • patrickberger2000@k.ro
  • patrickberger24@terra.es
  • patrickberger27@o2.pl
  • patrickberger@globalum.com
  • patrickberger@xasamail.com
  • pberger123@enterate.com.ar
  • pberger123@gawab.com
  • pberger5@terra.es
  • pberger@k.ro
  • pberger@terra.es
  • ptberger@consultant.com
  • ptberger@terra.com.mx


"George Dunant, Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP)"
This person claims to be a grandchild of the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He is looking for someone to make a bogus claim on funds left in Swiss bank accounts by holocaust victims. The later reference to the offshore bank in the Caribbean suggests that the scam victim will have to open an account there, which typically in such scams involves sending cash (US$1500 to US$6000) by Western Union to one of the crooks posing as a banker.

From: "GEORGE DUNANT" <georgedunant@zwallet.com>
To: <emailaddress>
Sent: Wednesday, 30 March, 2005 5:53
Subject: HOLOCAUST



My name is  George  Dunant a member of Independent
Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), Switzerland. ICEP
is charged with the responsibility of finding bank
accounts in Switzerland belonging to non-Swiss
indigenes, which have remained dormant since World War
II It may interest you to know that In July of 1997,
the Swiss Banker's Association published a list of
dormant accounts originally opened by non-Swiss
citizens. These accounts had been dormant since the
end of World War II (May 9, 1945). Most belonged to
Holocaust victims.
The continuing efforts of the Independent Committee of
Eminent Persons (ICEP) have since resulted in the
discovery of additional dormant accounts - 54,000 in
December, 1999.
The published lists contain all types of dormant
accounts, including interest-bearing savings accounts,
securities accounts, safe deposit boxes, custody
accounts, and non-interest-bearing transaction
accounts. Numbered accounts are also included.
Interest is paid on accounts that were interest
bearing when established.
The Claims Resolution Tribunal (CRT) handles
processing of all claims on accounts due non-Swiss
citizens. A dormant account of ORDNER ADELE with a
credit balance of 35,000,000 US dollar plus
accumulated interest was discovered by me. The
beneficiary was murdered during the holocaust era,
leaving no WILL and no possible records for trace of
heirs. The Claims Resolution Tribunal has been
mandated to report all unclaimed funds for permanent
closure of accounts and transfer of existing credit
balance into the treasury of Switzerland government as
provided by the law for management of assets of
deceased beneficiaries who died interstate (living no
wills).
Being a top executive at ICEP, I have all secret
details and necessary contacts for claim of the funds
without any hitch. The funds will be banked in the
Cayman Island, being a tax free, safe haven for funds
and we can share the funds and use in investment of
our choice.
Due to the sensitive nature of my job, I need a
foreigner to HELP claim the funds. All that is
required is for you to provide me your details for
processing of the necessary legal, and administrative
claim documents for transfer of the funds to you.
Provide me with your full name, address, and
telephone/fax. I will pay all required fees to ensure
that the fund is transferred to a secure, numbered
account in your name in the Cayman Island, and you can
now start accessing the funds gradually and
transferring to your country and other banks of choice
in the world. My share will be 60 percent and your
share is 40 per cent of the total amount. THERE IS NO
RISK INVOLVED.
You can find additional information about unclaimed
funds through the internet at the following websites:
www.swissbankclaims.com
www.avotaynu.com
www.icheic.org
www.livingheirs.com
www.wiesenthal.com
The Holocaust Claims Processing Office has put funds
in Escrow awaiting submission of valid claims for
necessary disbursement.
I find myself priviledged to have this information and
this may be a great opportunity for a life time of
success without risks.
Thank you for your prompt response.
Due to security reasons, 
reply to my via email only on{georgedunant@yahoo.it
,georgedunant@latinmail.com,georgedunant@gawab.com}

Thanks once more for co-operating,
George Dunant.

Here's a reply from "George" sent from Nigeria:

I got your timely mail today and wish to respond in order to clarify 
certain issues. I will first of all give you my family introduction; 
my grand father Henry Dunant (1828 - 1910) was born in Geneva, businessman 
and philanthropist Henry Dunant was responsible for founding the 
International Red Cross in 1864. Dunant was moved to action after 
witnessing the horrific aftermath of an intense battle at Solferino,
Northern Italy in 1859. The battle, led by Napoleon III, saw the death 
of 40,000 casualties in just one day. In 1862, Dunant financed a 
publication called ‘A Memory of Solferino’, in which he lamented the 
tragedy of the many lives that were lost simply because there was no 
treatment available. Dunant pleaded for the drafting of an international 
Conventionto set up a society to care for those wounded in war. 

There was an immediate response. 
Gustave Moynier and the Société Genevoise d’Utilité Publique took up 
the cause. An international conference in 1863 led to the establishment 
of a committee set up with the intention of pursuing Dunant’s aim. The 
following year, the conference that adopted the Geneva Convention was 
held and the International Red Cross humanitarian organisation was born. 
Dunant aided other causes and wrote several books. In 1901, he shared 
the first Nobel Peace Prize with the founder and president of the first
French peace society, Frédéric Passy.

You are to be adequately briefed in my proposition,that  the work will 
start with the lawyer immediately you send your particulars,I have 
realized US$21,000 for payment of legal service charge and to offset 
related fees  for your legal right of documentation. 
I have hired the service of highly experienced legal expert who will 
handle the entire documents. I have also mortgaged my home to be able 
to pay for litigation charges, government taxes, stamp duties and 
miscellanous expenditures which i assume will be within 200-350,000 US 
dollars.I raised this money by mortgaging my beautiful home as i am 
sure that in few days time, we will have success and i will be glad to 
use part of my funds to purchase great homes in different parts of the 
world.
First, i will assure you that this business is risk and trouble free.  
There will be no money laundering charge on the transfer as the transfer 
has a legitimate, verifiable source of origin, which is free from legal 
liens and encumberances.

Money Laundering laws affect funds of suspicious origin, and the money 
laundering laws has become stricter since the september 11, 2001 terrorist 
attacks against the USA and rising wave of drug trafficking, illegal 
dealing on conflict diamonds from warring countries, illegal trade on 
war arms, etc. Holocaust funds is established source of funds, WHICH 
THE FUNDS ARE LEGITIMATE INHERITANCE FROM DEPOSITS WITH OVER 7 DECADES 
OF EXISTENCE IN THE SWISS BANKS. Information about the holocaust abound 
on the internet and it is verifiable and approved genuine source of funds.

For privacy and unrivaled secrecy, the entire funds will be moved to 
an offshore account in your name in the Carribbean. The banks in carribean 
are reknowned to have the best bank secrecy laws, and zero tax on income. 
This way you can be withdrawing the funds in bits from the bank in the 
caribbean for investments and for other things without suspicion.

Thank for your reply.I feel glad and now my confidence is increased 
in your experience to manage large funds.Lets proceed with the transaction. 
Provide me with your full copy of scanned international passport of your 
proper identification so that my lawyer will start preparing the 
necessary documents. For every payment i make, i will send you the receipt 
for your records. At the end of the transaction, we will deduct the 
funds i spent from the entire amount, and we share the rest as agreed 
percentage.

Therefore,your only commitment to this magnitude transaction is to access 
this fund through an internet after securing the necessary accreditation which 
legalized the transaction and follow the directives of the payment banking 
officers, then receive the money into your account in escrow’s a matter of 
time constraint.Note,after procession of your documents, you will 
always speak authoritatively when speaking with the officer(s) sitting in the 
bank that you need your money to be paid immediately .
Lastly, remember the officers do not know the genesis of this 
transaction and you must keep our involvement confidential, all they 
know is that, the funds belong to your name in documentation, so no mistakes.
As i said, the procedure is safe and risk free. I will use my good office to 
ensure that the process is quickly completed and that the money is quickly and
swiftly transferred to safe account in your name in the  Carribean Isand from where
you can start accessing the money through the internet banking service without
traveling out of your country and you can issue wire transfer instructions to
your country and to any other part of the world, making it easy and risk free 
to bank the funds and transact with it without risk of unnecessary explanation
to the banks in your country asking for where the funds came from.
Hopefully, we will receive the notarized affidavit by next and also submit for 
approval of fund release same week.

Regards,
Dunant George.



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Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 04:37:29 +0200 (CEST)
From: george dunant 
Subject: More Explanations On Holocaust

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