Scam Emails Archive : Advance Fee Fraud/419



This email with the subject "BUSINESS PROPOSAL!!!" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 19 Jul 2007 19:26:20 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.

The sender was MRS WAN YONGHONG <>, although it may have been spoofed.

Wan Yonghong.
Standard Chartered Bank,
Hong Kong Limited.

Thank you for giving me your
time. Please be patient and
read my email to you.I am
a staff of Standard Chartered
Bank attached in Private Bank
ing services.

I am contacting you concerning
a customer and, an investment
placed under our banks manage
ment 4 years ago, I contacted
youindependently of our inve
stigation and none is informed
of this communication andI would
like to intimate you with certain
facts that I believe would be
of interestto you.

In 2003, the subject matter;
ref:SSCB/SCB/bank/77 came to our
bank to engage in business
discussionith our Private Banking
Service Department.Heinformed us
that he had a financial portfolio
of 21.37 million United States
Dollars, which he wished to have
us turn over on his behalf.

I was the officer  assigned to
his case; I made numerous sugges
tions in line with my duties as
the de-facto chief operations
officer of the Private Banking
Service Department, especially
iven the volume of funds he
wished to put intoour bank.

We met on numerous occasions
prior toany 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 600 traditional stocks
and bond managers and alter
native investments.

Based on my advice, we spun
the money around various
opportunities and made
attractive margins for our
first month of peration, the
accrued profit and interest
tood at this point at over
24.10million 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 pay
ments in Europe.He directed that
I liquidate the funds and had
it deposited with afirm in Europe.

I informed him that  our bank
would have tomake 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 thecharges
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 Europe and had the
funds available in main land Europe.

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
pecialistrivate firm that accepts
deposits from high net worth
individuals and blue chip corpor
ations 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
moneywas 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 25th
February 2005.

In June last year, we got a call from
the security firm informing us of
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 nderstand 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 our bank.
Four days later, information started
 to trickle in, hat he was apparently

A person who suited his description
was declared dead of a heart attack
in Cannes, South of France. We were
soon enough able to identify the body
and cause of death was confirmed.The
bank immediately launched an investig
ation 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, thosewho patronize ourservices
usually prefer anonymity, but also some
levels of detachmentfrom 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 ofits 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
in testate.

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 isfraught with huge rewards for
those who occupy certain offices and oversee
certain portfolios.

You should have begun by now to puttogether
the general direction of what I propose.

There is US$ 21,370,000.00deposited, 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 the finance firm, 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.
The finance firm has no single idea of
what's the history or nature ofthe deposit.

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 instruct the finance firm to release 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 and no  more.
That is: I will simply nominate you as the next
of kin and have them  releasethe 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.

But on the other hand, you as a foreigner and
also with all the necessary legal and official
documentations from me and  the presiding
attorney and also with the authority vested
upon me by the original depositor, you would
easily pass as the beneficiary with therights
to claim. I assure you that I could have the
deposit released to you in a few days. I will
simply inform our bank of the final closing of
the file relating to the customer. I will then
officially communicate with the finance
company and instruct them to release the
deposit to you.

With these two things: all is done. The
alternative would be forus 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.
Wecan 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 or
destructive.If my offer is of no appeal to
you, delete this message and forget I
evercontacted 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 once in a lifetime.

I cannot let this chance pass me by I hope
you understand because for once I found myself
in total control and face to face with 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 widow woman with 2
kids 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 th 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 blessing.

If you find yourself able to work with me,
ontact me through this email

Please observe this instruction religiously.
Please note again,I am a widow with
two kids. I send you this mail not without
a measure of fear as to what the consequences
might be, 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,
we should plan a meeting,soon.

I await your response.

Wan Yonghong.