This email with the subject "Contact Me ASAP !!" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 09 May 2010 18:14:07 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "VCH Cheng"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Am Mr.V.C.H.Cheng of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited Hong Kong . I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of a deceased client with similar last name as yours and an investment placed under our banks management. 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 2003 a Hong Kong businessman who was our Client, made a fixed deposit of $18.350.000.00 (Eighteen million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only) in my branch, a number of notices were sent to him when it was due, but no response came from him till date. We later found out that he along with his family had been killed in the tsunami disaster that happened in Asia that hit their home. what bothers me most is according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 7 years the funds will revert to the Hong Kong Government if nobody comes for the funds. After more inquiry it was also discovered that the late business man did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit This means that he died inestate and this is the reason i am writing you is because you share the same last name 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. All that is required is your honest co-operation and I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect me and you from any breach of the law.What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. You do not have to have known him personally. 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(50/50). In the banking circle this happens every time. The other option is that the money will revert back to the state. Please accept my apologies, keep my confidence and disregard this email if you do not appreciate this proposal I have offered you. All confirmable documents to back up this fund shall be made available to you, as we move on; I shall let you know what is required of you. Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated. I want to know if you are willing to follow up this business seriously before I can give you more details about this transaction. 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 above email. I await your response. VC Cheung email@example.com