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Subject: Keep me informed as regards this matter...

From: "MR.M.LEYDEN" <>

This email with the subject "Keep me informed as regards this matter..." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 13 Sep 2006 23:53:29 -0700 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.

The sender was "MR.M.LEYDEN" <>, although it may have been spoofed.

Dear friend,
  I am Mr. Michael Leyden, the principal accounting officer of Private Banking 
Services at the Bank of China (BOC). I am contacting you concerning our 
customer and, an investment placed under our banks management 4 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 contacted you independently of our investigation and no 
one is informed of this communication. Please respond via my yahoo email 
account only as this is very confidential I would like to 
intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to

  In 2002, the subject matter; ref: bb/boc/bank/0012 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 eight million three 
hundred and fifty thousand United States 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 accessing 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 10 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 incident 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 and had the funds deposited in a security 
consultancy firm, the firm is a specialist private firm that accepts deposits 
from high net worth individuals and blue chip corporations that handle 
valuable products or undertake transactions that need immediate access to 
cash. This small and highly private organization is familiar especially to the 
highly placed and well-connected organizations. In line with instructions, the 
money was deposited. He told me he wanted the money there in anticipation of 
his arrival from Norway later that week. This was the last communication we 
had, this transpired around 9th October 2004. 
In January this year, we got a call from the security firm informing us that 
the inactivity of that particular portfolio. This was an astounding position 
as far as I was concerned, given the fact that I managed the private banking 
sector I was the only one who knew about the deposit , and I could not 
understand why he had not come forward to claim his deposit.

  I made futile efforts to locate him I immediately passed the task of 
locating him to the internal investigations department of the bank of china. 
Four days later, information started to trickle in, apparently he was dead. A 
person who suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in 
Canne, South of France. We were soon enough able to identify the body and 
cause of death was confirmed. 
The bank immediately launched an investigation into possible surviving next of 
kin to alert about the situation and also to come forward to claim his estate. 
If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize our 
services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from 
conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the 
field of private banking, opening an account with us means no one will know of 
its existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers 
and codes to make the accounts anonymous. This bank also gives the choice to 
depositors of having their mail sent to them or held at the bank itself, 
ensuring that there are no traces of the account and as I said, rarely do they 
nominate next of kin. Private banking clients apart from not nominating next 
of kin also usually in most cases leave wills in our care, in this case; he 
died intestate.

  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. We have scanned every continent and used our private 
investigation affiliate companies to get to the root of the problem. The 
investigation did not ever yield any result My official capacity dictates that 
I am the only party to supervise the investigation and the only party to 
receive the results of the investigation.

  This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what the 
prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit and the late beneficiary of 
the deposit. According to practice, the firm will by the end of this financial 
year broadcast a request for statements of claim to BOC, failing to receive 
viable claims they will most probably revert the deposit back to BOC. This 
will result in the money entering the BOC accounting system and the portfolio 
will be out of my hands and out of the Private Banking Services Department. 
This will not happen if I have my way.

  What I wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practice but I want you 
to understand something. It is only an outsider to the banking world who finds 
the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of private 
banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those who occupy certain 
offices and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now to put 
together the general direction of what I propose. There is eight million three 
hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars deposited, I alone have the 
deposit details and they will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct 
them to do so. I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as BOC 
is concerned, the transaction with our deceased customer concluded when I sent 
the funds to the firm, all outstanding interactions in relation to the file 
are just customer services and due process.

  They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party 
that comes forward. This is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts 
of money trying to track this man's family; they have investigated for months 
and have found no family. The investigation has 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 

  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 the  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 
the 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.

  I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no 
interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do 
not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete 
this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because 
you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like 
myself who have made tidy sums out of
comparable situations run the whole private banking sector. I am not a 
criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be 
hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I 
make this move.

  Such opportunities only come ones' way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this 
chance pass me by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny. 
These chances won't pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if 
you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do 
not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them 
with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task 
well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have 
here is from 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. Let's share the 
If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through 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 the yahoo 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 
Please observe this instruction religiously.
  Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. 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. 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, send me your response on this email account only to enable us commence
this line of discussion.
Best regards,
Michael Leyden.