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From Susan in Canada:     Mon Jun 28 13:56:57 2004

Subject: FW: informations for you.
(my 15th receipt of this message. I am sick of these scumbags - Susan)

    Oh yes indeed dear lady… Beyond Here, There be Scumbags.

There is however some good news, good news which has nothing to do with lizards selling car insurance. According to the 419 SCAM Coalition website, some SCAMMERS have been found with acute lead poisoning (being shot multiple times in the head when a deal goes bad), are facing jail, and more arrests world-wide are pending. the 419 Scam Coalition news page

The Desk believes this is the first Hong Kong variation of the letter it has seen, or at least paid any attention to. Further demonstrating how international this Scam is. Also, the Desk made it a point to check its Russian and Indian mailboxes today (alas, the Malaysian service has closed) and there were examples of the 419 letter in them.

The formula in these is always the same: The promise of a large some of money as a reward for helping some faceless official launder an even larger sum of money in some foreign country. People in the US and Canada have lost thousands of dollars in the scam when they pay for transfer fees or put up earnest money to show they are acting in good faith. Others have gone to Nigeria or someplace to facilitate the transfer and have been held hostage until their family or friends put up money for their release. The governments of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria where a majority of these scams are based are virtually powerless to stop them as corrupt officials in the government itself are raking in a good percentage of the proceeds from the scam.

See the resources elsewhere on the Desk for more information and links.

And again, Thanks Susan for the new letter. Dr. Leftover

Text of SCAM letter below, AS RECEIVED with all errors intact.

-----Original Message-----
From: me []
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2004 10:16 AM
Subject: informations for you.

MR. Qin Wang.

I am Mr. Qin Wang, credit officer of Hang Seng Bank Ltd,I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.I honestly apologize and hope I do not cause you much embarrassment by contacting you through this means for a transaction of this magnitude,but this is due to confidentia lity and prompt access reposed on this medium,sorry my English is not very good.
Furthermore,due to this issue on my hands now,it became necesary for me to seek your assistance, and it is imperative for me to know your opinion.On sept. 6,1999, an American Oil consultant/contractor with the chinese Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr. Richard Nault made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Therty Million Dollars only) in my branch.

Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Hong Kong Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. Richard Nault died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. RichardNault did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Laws of Hong Kong,

At the expiration of 5(five) years,the money will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim  the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Richard Nault so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the nextof kin.

We shall employ the services of an attorney for drafting and otarization of The WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer.The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and 25% for you and 5% for Expenses Incurred in the course of the transaction.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and with my position as the credit officer guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.If you are interested,please reply immediately.Please reply to my alternative email box, Upon your response. I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction.Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. You should observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Thanks and regards.
Mr. Qin Wang.

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