Scam Emails Seeking
Fake Next of Kin
Example - Lee Raymond Wing Hung, Bank of China
Have you received an email from Lee Raymond Wing Hung, claiming to be Chief Financial Officer, Bank of China in Hong Kong, wanting you to claim to be the next of kin for a dead client's millions? Well, it is just a scam. He's using the old trick of taking a real event (plane crash, in this case) with a real fatality that made it into the news, which enables them to provide a link to a real news story, such as CNN, that makes the rest of the story seem more believable. As always, these wealthy folks just love to dies suddenly, without a Will and no known relatives. And always with millions of dollars in a bank, just waiting for you to help cash it out! But lucky you, you share the deceased's last name! That entitles you to commit several felonies, including fraud, if the scam were real, and you participated. Of course, there is no money, you'll be asked to send him money to cover various fees!
Just another scam. Here it is for your entertainment. We've highlighted some of the more obvious clues that it is a scam.
FROM: Lee Raymond Wing Hung,
Bank of China, Hong Kong
I am Mr. Lee Raymond Wing Hung, Chief Financial Officer, Bank of China, Tower Branch, 1 Garden Road Hong Kong. I have an obscured business proposal for you. Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client Aajel Jiber Hassef a Merchant made a numbered fixed deposit valued at Twenty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars, for 18 calendar months, in my branch. Upon maturity several notices were sent to him, even during the war which began in 2003.Again, after the war another notification was sent, but still no response came from him. We later found out that my client, his wife and two sons had been killed during the war. http://www.iraqbodycount.net/names.htm
After further investigation, it was also discovered that Aajel Jjber Hassef did not declare any next of kin in his official papers, including the paperwork of his bank deposit. He also confided, in me the last time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So Twenty four million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars 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 of 3 years and 6 months the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government, if nobody applies to claim it. Against this backdrop, I will like you, as a foreigner, to stand as next of kin to Aajel Jjber Hassef, so that we can receive his funds.
WHAT IS TO BE DONE:
I want you to know that there is no risk involved. I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. I have contacted an attorney who will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Aajel Jjber Hassef. All that is required from you, at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full Names, private phone/fax and current residential address, so that the attorney can commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also file for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favour for the move of the funds to an account that will be provided by you. Please endeavour to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Should you be interested I shall provide you with more details on this operation. You can reach me with the email below.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Lee Raymond Wing Hung.
I am Mr. Lee Raymond Wing Hung, Chief Financial Officer, Bank of China, Tower Branch, Hong Kong. I have an obscure business proposal for you. Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client Adel Jaber Hassef a Merchant made a fixed deposit of 24.5mUSD,for 18months.Upon maturity several notices were sent to him, during and after the war which began in 2003.We later found out that my client, his wife and two sons had been killed during the war. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country, at the expiration of 4yrs the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government, if nobody applies to claim it. I will like you, as a foreigner, to stand as next of kin, so that we can receive his funds .
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