For years I have been hearing about that email scam involving Nigeria, a huge sum of money in some dead guy's account and a request for a bank account number - you know the deal. Personally, I don't think I ever actually received that email - a fact I count as a serious wrong. Why is my email address not worthy of such fraudulent request? Is my bank account not good enough to be pilfered? But today, I have finally achieved the status I so richly deserv and have received the bank-account-dead-guy-huge-sum-of-money email. It is, however, based out of Hong Kong and not Nigeria, but I figure such things have to change with the times. Here, in full, is the text of the email:
MR. Qin Wang
HANG SENG BANK LTD,
DES VOEUX RD.BRANCH
CENTRAL HONG KONG
I am Mr. Qin Wang, credit officer of Hang Seng Bank Ltd; I have an urgent
and very confidential business proposition for you.
I honestly apologize and hope I do not cause you much embarrassment by
contacting you through this means for a transaction of this magnitude, but
this is due to confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium,
sorry my English is not very good. [It actually seems quite good to me.] Furthermore, due to this issue on my
hands now, it became necessary for me to seek your assistance, and it is
imperative for me to know your opinion.
On June 6,2000, a Saudi Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese
Petroleum and Chemical Corporation Mr. Waliladi Maudi made a numbered time
(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$12,500,000.00
(Twelve Million-Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity,
I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract
employers, the Hong Kong Petroleum and Chemical Corporation that
Mr. Waliladi Maudi died from an automobile accident. On further investigation,
I found out that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace
his next of kin were fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Waliladi Maudi
did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents,
including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of
US$12,500,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being
rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will
ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of Hong Kong, at the
expiration of 5(five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the
Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand
in as the next of kin to Mr. Waliladi Maudi so that the fruits of this old
man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government
officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full
names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents
and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization
of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of
probate /administration in your favour for the transfer. The money will be
paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 65% for me and 30%
for you and 5% for Expenses Incurred in the course of the transaction.
There is no risk at all, as all the paperwork for this transaction will be
done by the attorney and with my position as the credit officer guarantees
the successful execution of this transaction. If you are really interested
in doing this business with me please reply immediately to this email
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction.
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy
communication. You should observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured
that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us
because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Thanks and regards.
Mr. Qin Wang
NB. You may reply to my email box, email@example.com
Anyone want to go in on this with me?