The subject of the spam is so polite, I had to read the content just to see what else the spammer would have to say.
"Can you give me the permission to talk to you"
It went on:
My name is Adelheid Aeberhard, a partner in one of Switzerland's leading law firms.
Can you give me the permission to talk to you
Your earliest response would be highly appreciated.
Dr. iur. Dr. rer. pol., LL.M
So courteous. But no. I'm not going to deal with someone using gmail so that was that.
Until I looked again at the name. It's a bit unusual. I wondered if I could track it down.
It turns out that I could and it doesn't belong to a person. In fact, it's not one name: it's a combination of two and they are both surnames. In the same document.
It's a big document, or a big bundle of documents that's from 2001.
It's a list of names that's more than 400 pages long.
What is it? It's the 2001 List of Swiss Bank Accounts from the ICEP Investigation.
The ICEP is the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons, a body set up to produce a "Report on Dormant Accounts of Victims of Nazi Persecution in Swiss Banks." The focus was in relation to allegations relating to funds claimed by the heirs of Jewish victims.
The list of names is, to all intents and purposes, an annex to that report. See https://www.crt-ii.org/2001_list/sba_publication.pdf
The surnames Adelheid and Aeberhard appear in the list.