What is it about bankers and potential employers in Hong Kong? Once again, a fake job offer arrived and I giggled and shook my head while reading it. It disturbs me to hear that so many people still fall for these fake offers in the Digital Age.
Here’s the offer in all its wordy glory.
From: Li Chen Huang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: An Urgent Proposal
I am Mr. Lin Chen Huang, Manager Asset Management Department for the
Dah Sing Bank in Hong Kong.I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of a
deceased client with similar last name and an investment placed
under our banks management many years ago.
I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail
confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a
result of this mail. I contact you independently and no one is informed of
this communication. In 2000 the subject matter; Mr.Thomas Costin came to
our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking
division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of $12.350
million (Twelve Million Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States
dollars) which he wished to have us invest on his behalf.
Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and
made attractive margins for our first months of operation, the accrued
profit and interest stood at this point at over $1.8 million United States
Dollars. In mid 2002, he instructed that the principal sum ($12.350M) be
liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash
payments in Hong Kong. We got in touch with a specialist bank in Hong Kong
the Dah Sing Bank (DSB) who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make
cash available to Mr.Costin. However Dah Sing Bank got in touch with us last
year that this money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out
that Mr.Costin was involved in an accident in Mainland China, which means he
died intestate. He has no next of kin and the reason I am writing you is
because you are namesakes.
What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will
be made the beneficiary of these funds. My bank will contact you informing
you that money has been willed to you. On verification, which will be the
details I make available to my bank, my bank will instruct DSB to make
payments to you. You do not have to have known him. I know this might be a
bit heavy for you but please trust me on this. For all your troubles I
propose that we split the money in half. In the banking circle this happens
every time. The other option is that the money will revert back to the state.
Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us. I hold the
KEY to these funds, and as a Chinese National we see so much cash and funds
being re-assigned daily. I would want us to keep communication for now
strictly by the above Email, Telephone and Fax numbers.
Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send
you this mail not without a measure of fear as to the consequences, but I
know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and
riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have
learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we
can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Please get back to me
immediately via the telephone, fax number or email address above and let me
know if you intend to assist or not. If you also do not want to be involved
kindly let me know so I would sever further communication with you.
I await your response.
Lin Chen Huang
Do not let desperation or greed overrule common sense. Be safe. Please.