From: brunner investment [firstname.lastname@example.org]The Brunner Investment Trust PLC is a real organisation with a website at brunner.co.uk - the domain that the spammers are soliciting replies to is brunerinvestment.com (note the missing "n" in "brunner"). It was registered on 31st May 2014 with anonymous WHOIS details.
Date: 24 July 2014 12:08
The Brunner Trust PLC, is working on expanding its international portfolio Globally and financing projects in form of debt financing from the tune of $1million to $500million,
we also offer personal and business loans from the tune of $100,000 USD to $1,000,000.00 USD
We would be happy to receive an Executive summary to see if you have any Viable project we can finance and partner together
by making financial investment in Form of soft loans.
Email your projects summary to us at: email@example.com
Chief Economist and Head of Global Economics & Strategy
This is the real Brunner Invesment Trust site:
The differences are subtle:
Brunner Investment Trust PlcThe telephone numbers quotes appear to be "follow me anywhere" numbers that forward to another number, which could be anywhere in the world.
London, EC2M 3TY
Tel:+44 703 195 6304
Tel/Fax: +44 745 227 1933
So what's the scam? Well, there's probably an up-front fee to even discuss financing.. and if it's like this recent scam it could be tens of thousands of dollars. Of course, there is no financing available (remember that this is a fake site, not the Brunner Investment Trust) and once the scammers have your money they will vanish.
I note as well that the site is fairly well done although somewhat buggy (and it randomly pops up adverts) which looks rather like the same cloned websites I discussed earlier this month.
Some technical details for this - the site is hosted on 188.8.131.52 which is allocated to Hostinger International in Lithunia (although the servers might be in Amsterdam). The spam originates from 184.108.40.206 (Botswana Telecommunications Corporation) via an unknown mail relay on 220.127.116.11 (Telecom Italia, Verona, Italy).