This email with the subject "hello(urgent response needed)" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sun, 06 Apr 2008 04:40:40 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Mr Patrick K.W.Chan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
From: Mr. Patrick K W Chan. HANG SENG BANK LTD. 83, Des Voeux Road, Central HK,Hong Kong. email@example.com Good Day , I am Mr. Patrick K. W. Chan. Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd,Hong Kong.We had a client in my bank from iraqi.During the U.S and Iraqi war our client Col. Hosam Hassan who was with the Iraqi forces and also a business man made a numbered fixed deposit for 24 calendar months, with a value of Thirty Million United State Dollars($30,000,000.00) in my branch.Upon maturity several notices was sent to him, even during the war which began in 2003. Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that Col. Hosam Hassan along with his wife and only daughter had been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home. After further investigation it was also discovered that our client Col.Hosam Hassan did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit.And he also confided in me.The last time he was at my office he told me to make the deposit secret and that no one should know about the deposit in my bank. So, Thirty Million United State Dollars($30,000,000.00)is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it.What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration 5 years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop,my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Col.Hosam Hassan so that you will be able to receive his funds. MODALITIES: I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful.I have an attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Col. Hosam Hassan,All that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job.After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also fill in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and of probate in your favour for the transfer of the funds to an account that will be provided by you.There is no risk involved at all in this matter, as we are going to adopt a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall then share in the ratio of 60% for me, 40% for you.Should you be interested please send me your, 1,Full names, 2,Private phone number, 3,Current residential address. And I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below; (firstname.lastname@example.org) and finally after that I shall provide you with more details of this operation. Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated. Kind Regards, Mr. Patrick K. W. Chan.