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Potential 419 Scam - Etihad Capital, Paresh Khiara

Apparently-From: MR. Paresh Khiara (Khiara@telenor.dk)
Subject Line: [Bulk] Project Loans - Etihad Capital
Reply-To: etihadcapitalop@yahoo.de
Addressed to me: Yes

Scam body below the fold )

This is a sneaky one. A bit of googling shows the firm, Etihad Capital, actually exists - it's apparently a small investment banking firm based in Abu Dhabi. The person apparently writing to you, Paresh Khiara, actually exists.

Here's where it starts getting dodgy: unless Mr Khiara hasn't updated his LinkedIn profile recently, Paresh Khiara doesn't work for Etihad Capital. LinkedIn has him working at Al Mal Capital.

So while the person and the firm both exist, it doesn't seem likely they're both joined at present. This is not only a major scam flag, but also a major fraud flag as well - looks like there's a touch of identity theft happening here as well.

Other scam flags:

* The mail and the people involved say they're being sent from Abu Dhabi. The email addresses, meanwhile, are apparently in Denmark (telenor.dk), Germany (yahoo.de), and the USA (hotmail.com). The two reply email addresses are both throw-away free-mail addresses. If this is being sent from a company based in the UAE, why isn't it using their corporate domain, etihadcapital.com?

* This is clearly a "fishing" letter - it's asking "do you have any projects you want funded?" of just about anyone (after all, I'm not looking for finance for any projects myself, nor have I been in the past few months, or even the past few years). They're either looking for clients (if it actually was a legitimate business) or suckers (which is much more likely).

* They're also asking "do you fancy yourself as a broker for our business?" - which seems an even more dodgy question to be asking of people picked at random off the internet.

* A minor sign, but a significant one - they're purportedly working for a major investment bank, but they can't afford paragraph breaks? Yeah, right.

As always, the best place for all of these is the bit-bucket. Don't reply, even to tell them to take you off their list. If you think Etihad Capital, or Paresh Khiara might be the right people for you to work with, contact them via their LinkedIn pages or in the case of Etihad Capital, their main website. Don't use any of the details from the email to try and get into contact with them.


Footnote: there's some indicators in the text and the labelling of the apparently-from address that make me think there's a certain amount of "sovereign citizen" nonsense involved, too - the specification of and emphasis on the personal pronoun and the punctuation looks a lot like the sort of nonsense people caught up in the "sovereign citizen" scams in the USA use to try and render themselves less liable for their bills and actions. Here's a hint: it doesn't work in the USA, and it probably won't work in whichever country this scammer is sending from either.

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