A Bank Official in Hong Kong Wants to Share an Account Balance With Me

:sigh: This variation of the 419 Nigerian scam mixes in a fallen soldier with no next of kin.  This may be a little hard to read, but here it is as originally received.

From: Zhang, Li (li.zhang.2012@anderson.ucla.edu)  Notice this is a student email address.

Subject: Your Earliest Response To This Letter Will Be Appreciated.

Dear Friend,

Let me start by introducing myself.I am Mr Cheung Pui director of operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd HongKong.I have an obscured business suggestion for you. Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Major Fadi Basem who was with the Iraqi forces and also businessman, made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of( 24.5 million, Twenty four million, Five Hundred thousand British Pounds ) only in my branch. Upon maturity several notices was sent to him, even during the war which began in 2003. Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that the
General along with his wife and only daughter had been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home. After further investigation it was also discovered that Major Fadi Basem did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my office that ! no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So,( 24.5 million, Twenty four million, Five Hundred thousand British Pounds ) is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration 10 years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion
to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Major Fadi Basem so that you will be able to receive his funds.


I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. I have an attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Major Fadi Basem, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full Names so that the attorney can commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also fill in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and of probate in your favour for the move of the funds to an account that will be provided by you.There is no risk involved at all in this matter, as we are going to adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall then share in the ratio of 70% for
me, 30% for you. Should you be interested please send me yo! ur, 1,Full names,2,private phone number,3,current residential
address, your age. And I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below: ( cheungpuihk90@rogers.com ) and finally
after that I shall provide you with more details of this operation and it is going to be successful.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Mr Cheung Pui.

Why use a student email address when the sender is supposed to be in Hong Kong?  If you weren’t sure before if the message was spam, this is a big tell.  If the sender’s personal email address is included within the message, then why use a different email address – with a different name – to send the message?  And why would a bank official in Hong Kong use a Canadian Internet Service Provider?

A second clue is the change in the soldier’s rank. At first, Fadi Basem is called Major, then later he’s called General. Even if
his rank changed, you would think the writer would address him by his rank at the time of death and not list both.

So many holes in this one.

Be safe.


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