A Scam Email with the Subject "URGENT NEED OF BUSINESS ASSISTANCE." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Mon, 27 Mar 2006 04:20:00 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "MR. ZHANZHI HONG" <email@example.com>, although it may have been spoofed.
MR. ZHANZHI HONG HANG SENG BANK LTD. DES VOEUX RD. BRANCH, CENTRAL HONG KONG, HONK KONG. Dear Sir/Ma, Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Zhanzhi Hong credit officer of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. I honestly apologize and hope I do not cause you much embarrassment by contacting you through this means for a transaction of this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality and prompt access reposed on this medium, sorry my English is not very good. Furthermore, due to this issue on my hands now, it became necessary for me to seek your assistance, and it is imperative for me to know your opinion. On April 6 ,1999, an American Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Petroleum and Chemical corporation Mr. Richard Nault made a numbered time(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million 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 Hong Kong Petroleum and Chemical Corporation that Mr. Richard Nault died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Richard Nault did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$30,000,000.00 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 Laws of Hong Kong, at the expiration of 5(five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Richard Nault so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and 25% for you and 5% for Expenses Incurred in the course of the transaction. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and with my position as the credit officer guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are really interested in doing this business with me please reply immediately to this email address, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. 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. Zhanzhi Hong