||From: MAO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 17:40:50 +0800
Subject: Dear Friend
Many thanks for responding to my proposal.well,I must say that I have
enormous respect for you considering the manner in which I have made
contact with you. I would go straight to the proposal at hand without
wasting much of your time. It is left for you to make up your mind if
you would go along with me in accomplishing this or not. If you do
wish, then please act as I have instructed. If not, please keep these
details to yourself and I promise to compensate you all the same as
soon as the transaction is concluded, as far as you stay in touch. I
would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this email
confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by
as a result of this email. I contact you independently and no one is
informed of this communication.
In 2008, the subject matter; (Late Alfred) came to our bank to engage
in business discussions with our private banking division. He informed
us that he had a financial portfolio of $42 million United States
dollars, which he wished to have us invest on his behalf and I was
appointed his private banker/portfolio manager at the time. I then
provided numerous suggestions and advise in line with my duties. Given
the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank, we met on numerous
occasions prior to any investment 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 alternative investments.
Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and
made very attractive profits margins during our first few months of
operation. The accrued profit and capital at this point stood at over
US$46 Million. He desired low risk and guaranteed returns on
investments, and as such we could not utilise the full potential of
In October 2008, he instructed that the portfolio be liquidated
because he needed to make urgent real estate investments requiring
cash payments in United Kingdom. We got in touch with a specialist
bank who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make cash
available to Alfred.
Last month, I received a notice from the specialist bank notifying me
that as a policy, their bank was obliged to notify the originator of a
transfer in the event of such remaining dormant/unclaimed after 4
years. The $46 Million we had transferred on behalf of Alfred had sat
in the bank for over 3 years untouched, without any instructions from
This was indeed shocking news for me considering the urgency he had
requested we make the transfer at the time. Upon enquiry I found out
that he was involved in an accident in Mainland China and passed away
only a few weeks after the transfer was made to the specialist bank on
As his personal banker, I used all information available to me from
his files and upon further enquiries discovered that the deceased died
intestate � In fact, he died without nominating a next of kin, or a
beneficiary for his estate in the event of the inevitable.
His records with us too show no next of kin and the reason I am
writing you is because you bear the same last name with him.
What I wish to relate to you may 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 here in China,
is fraught with huge rewards for those who occupy certain offices and
oversee certain portfolios. What I propose is that since you are a
foreigner and I have exclusive access to his file and the specialist
bank was given instructions by me to receive funds when we sought
their assistance, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds and
the specialist/holding bank subsequently instructed to make payment of
the monies in their custody to you.
Nobody is getting hurt in this. As a banker here in China, we see so
much cash and funds being re-assigned daily. The alternative to this
would be that when my bank is notified, the Specialist Bank would be
instructed and the money reverts back to the state or embezzled by a
corrupt top official which is more likely to happen. I know that 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 and as personal banker to the DECEASED and custodian to his
files and all his information here, I hold the KEY to these funds. I
want us to keep communication for now strictly by the above details.
Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. Do
not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should act
swiftly on this.
I propose that upon successful completion of this deal, we will split
the proceeds according to a ratio to be agreed in subsequent
communication between us.
Finally, I thank you for taking the time to read this and look forward
to receiving a swift response from you (hoping you accept my offer to
participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity).
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