I’m not Mr Zheng’s “Dear Friend” and neither are you. The rest is the usual story of a dishonest bank official who has found millions of dollars belonging to a dead client, which (magically) he is willing to share with you – or me – or anyone else that is daft enough to reply. Of course there is no money – just your money. The scammer is hoping you will start sending him money, which he will demand to pay “fees”.
Let me start by introducing myself, I am Mr. ZHENG C. LEONG, Non-executive Director of the Bank of China, China. I have an obscured Business suggestion for you.
In 2004, a businessman and also was a Major Gen with the Iraqi forces (Major Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush) came to our bank and made a Fixed (Numbered) deposit of Thirty Million United State Dollars (US$30,000,000.00) Only in my branch for 12 calender months. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. A month later, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered that he died along with his wife and only daughter during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home during the war in Iraq in 2005. I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
After proper further investigations, it was also discovered that he 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 in my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Thirty Million United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever came forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that according to Laws of Republic of China, at the expiration of Seven (7) years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Chinese Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this scenery, I have all the information needed to claim these funds and I want you to act as the beneficiary of the deposit, there is no risk involved in this matter, as we are going to adopt a legitimate method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents.
I have evaluated the risks, and the only risk I have here is for you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank. I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. 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 share in the ratio of 50% for me, and 50% for you. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what 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. Please observe this instruction religiously.
All I require is your honest co-operation and I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please accept my apologies and keep my confidence.
Considering the money involved, and due to the nature of this transaction, it is necessary for you to be sure of whom you are transacting with. I want to be sure that you are ready, to execute this transaction with me, What I expect from you is trust and commitment, I want this large sum of money transferred with your assistance and you should have nothing to worry about regarding legality AT ALL, because what affects you Shall also affects me too, considering the paper work we are about to sign together but, I will appreciate you to follow my directives amicably as everything shall be done in accordance passing through all international banking laws, and as a
banker I know that if we follow up this transaction diligently it would be completed within 9 working days.
Please get back to me only if you are interested so that my attorney can start the paper works and re profile the documents to your names. You can
reach me on; firstname.lastname@example.org
ZHENG C. LEONG.