Scam Emails Archive : Generic



This email with the subject "READ AND CONTACT ME." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 21 Aug 2007 10:42:51 -0700 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.

The sender was "DR. MICHAEL J. LEYDEN" <>, although it may have been spoofed.

Good day,

Greetings to you and your family. I am a staff of Private Banking Services at
the Bank of China (BOC) United Kingdom. I am contacting you concerning 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. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe
would be of interest to you.

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 8.35 million 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 assessing 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 incidents 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 last 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

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 US$ 8,370,000.00
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 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. 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  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 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 blessing.

If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through this same email
account. 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
through this 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
Policy. 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 upon receipt of reading this letter to enable us commence this line of

I await your response.

Dr.Michael J. Leyden.
+44 70111 47826

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