A Scam Email with the Subject "GOOD DAY" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 09 Feb 2009 10:08:17 -0800 and has been classified as a Generic Scam. The sender was "Mr. Vincent Cheng" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Good Day I am Mr. Vincent Cheng Hoi Chuen, GBS, JP Chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.I am contacting you concerning our customer and, an investment placed under our banks management 6 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 would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. In 2003,Brigadier Amer Ali Nayef, a businessman and also who was with the Iraqi forces, the subject came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our Private Banking Services Department.He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of Twenty Two million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his case; I made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief operations officer of the Private Banking Services Department, especially given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank. We met on numerous occasions prior to any investments being placed. I encouraged him to consider various growth funds with prime ratings. The favored route in my advice to customers is to start by assessing data on 6000 traditional stocks and bond managers and 2000 managers of alternative investments. 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 twenty five million United States Dollars, this margin was not the full potential of the fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments. In mid 2004, he asked that the money be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent investment requiring cash payments in Europe. He directed that I liquidate the funds and had it deposited with a firm. I informed him that the bank would have to make special arrangements to have this done and in order not to circumvent due process, the bank would have to make a 9.5 % deduction from the funds to cater for banking and statutory charges. He complained about the charges but later came around when I explained to him the complexities of the task he was asking of us. Cash movement across borders has become especially strict since the incidents of 9/11. I contacted my affiliate in and had the funds available. I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise instructions to the letter to deposit the funds in a consultancy firm. He told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of his arrival from Iraq later that week. This was the last communication we had, this transpired around 9th October, 2004.A number of notices was sent to him, before the war in Iraq bagan and also after the war but, no response came from him. We later found out that Brigadier Amer Ali Nayef was shot dead along with his son, Khalid Amer also in the force as they left the family home for work in the south of the city.After more inquiry it was also discovered that the late Brigadier, did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit so we retrieved the funds back from the firm. In line with our internal processes for account holders who have passed away, we instituted our own investigations in good faith to determine who should have right to claim the estate. This investigation has for the past months been unfruitful. This is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of money trying to track his family they have investigated for months and have found no family, the investigation has now come to an end. My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position to give instruction for the release of the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half.That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 50/50.I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few days,I will simply inform the bank of the final closing of the file relating to the customer I will then officially communicate with firm and instruct them to release the deposit to you. With these two things: all is done. The alternative would be for us to have firm direct the funds to another bank with you as account holder. This way there will be no need for you to think of receiving the money from the firm. We can fine-tune this based on our interactions. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through this same email account(email@example.com). If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via official channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account. Contact me only through through this email address. I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy. If we can be of one accord, send me your response on this email immediately to enable us commence this line of discussion,I await your response. Best Regards, Mr. Vincent Cheng