A Scam Email with the Subject "I am Mr.Chow Woo,Accounting Officer ,i advice you read and respond to me now ok?" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 19 Aug 2007 19:17:19 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was Mr.Chow Woo <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
Mr.Chow Woo Accounting Officer, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi 16/F, Tower 1, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong. Dear Friend, I am Mr.Chow Woo,Accounting Officer Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi,Hong Kong. I have a sincere and very confidential business proposition for you. On october 6th 1999,a British consultant/contractor with the Chinese Ministry of Agricuture, Mr. David J. Woodbin made a (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$16,600,000.00 (Sixteen Million six hundred United State Dollars only) 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 Chinese Ministry of Agriculture that Mr. David J. Woodbin died after a brief illness on postrate cancer. On further indept investigation, I found out that he died without notifying anybody about the deposit in my bank.This sum of US$16,600,000.00 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 the Hong Kong Law,under the Chinese constitution at the expiration of 8(Eight) years,such funds will revert to the ownership of the Government for financing military operations on defence affairs, such as purchasing of arms and ammunitions for the military. In order to avert this negative development,i will like to seek for your permission as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. David J. Woodbin so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not be use for financing weapons which will further enhance the courses of war in the world in general. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50% for me,40% for you on your assistance and 10% for charity organisations. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by my attorney and with my position as the Accounting Officer,guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately to my private email that we can commence on the processes. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and that will help you understand the transaction. 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.Chow Woo MY PRIVATE E-MAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org