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Split 50/50 (Am Waiting Please !!)

Once Again It’s Time To Play LET’S COUNT THE TYPOS!

from: Mr.VC Cheng
date: Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 6:16 PM
subject: Am Waiting Please !!

Am Mr.V.C.H.Cheng of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited Hong Kong . I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of a deceased client with similar last name as yours and an investment placed under our banks management. 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 contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication. In 2003 a Hong Kong businessman who was our Client, made a fixed deposit of $18.350.000.00 (Eighteen million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only) in my branch, a number of notices were sent to him when it was due, but no response came from him till date. We later found out that he along with his family had been killed in the tsunami disaster that happened in Asia that hit their home. what bothers me most is according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 7 years the funds will revert to the Hong Kong Government if nobody comes for the funds.

After more inquiry it was also discovered that the late business man did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit This means that he died inestate and this is the reason i am writing you is because you share the same last name What I expect from you is trust and commitment, I want this large sum of money transferred with your assistance and you should have nothing to worry about regarding legality AT ALL. All that is required is your honest co-operation and I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect me and you from any breach of the law.What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. You do not have to have known him personally. I know this might be a bit heavy for you but please trust me on this. For all your troubles I propose that we split the money in half(50/50). In the banking circle this happens every time. The other option is that the money will revert back to the state.

Please accept my apologies, keep my confidence and disregard this email if you do not appreciate this proposal I have offered you. All confirmable documents to back up this fund shall be made available to you, as we move on; I shall let you know what is required of you. Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated. I want to know if you are willing to follow up this business seriously before I can give you more details about this transaction.

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, we should act swiftly on this. Please get back to me immediately via the above email.

I await your response.
VC Cheung

They have updated this “form” with some idioms, but…

Folks, I am pleased to announce my latest software license giveaway drawing.

The folks at TuneUp Utilities have generously donated five licenses to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am going to do a random drawing contest from folks who “enter” by posting a comment (below) or by sending an e-mail. The drawing will be held next week, and the winners announced Friday, so act now.

Software License Giveaway: TuneUp Utilities 2010

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May 2, 2010 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, e-mail, Internet scam, Phishing, phraud, spam and junk mail, tech | , , , , , ,


  1. Ouch! My family are customers of HSBC – and their headquarters are in London, not Hong Kong…


    Comment by Adrian | May 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Adrian,
      I have seen (and you may have too) versions of this form with other names inserted. The people who send these are neither very bright nor very educated (and often buy magic talismans from the local witch doctor to enhance their scam’s potency) and they are hoping that Greed will get a “greedy American” (all Americans are considered “rich”) to respond. Sadly.. it sometimes works, as there are many Americans who are neither very bright nor very educated. (And $2,500,000 only is a lot of doh-re-mi..)

      Folks, I think you might like to read, Nigerian 419 scammers: What you didn’t know. If you have ever wondered about where these come from, or what kind of person sends these…
      “In good months, Banjo said, he has made $60,000. But in these tough times, the scammers said, they are relying more on a crucial tool: voodoo. At times, Banjo said, he has traveled six hours to the forest, where a magician sells scam-boosters. A $300 powder supposedly helps scammers “speak with authority” when demanding payment. A powder, rubbed on the face, reportedly makes victims viewing the scammer through webcams powerless to say no.

      “No matter what, they will pay,” said Olumide, a college student, adding that he is boosting his romance scams by wearing a magical, live tortoise hanging from a cord around his neck.“


      Comment by techpaul | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. YAY thank you for this article, I got one from Mr.VC Cheng – but did not open it (you can just smell spam and scam), however curiosity got the better of me and I googled the email addy and it lead me here. I once *won* (via letter via the post) the Spanish Lotto on my 35th Birthday, amazing I never entered it. Thanks again and now I’ve found here I will have a good read, Helen, UK


    Comment by Helen G | May 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Helen G,
      I am struck by your line, “you can just smell spam and scam“.
      I had originally started posting the more ‘smelly’ of these, as I found them hilarious — implausible scenarios; atrocious grammar and spelling (Engrish); all following the same format; etc..
      But the truth is – sadly – that even though these come-ons have been around since the advent of e-mail and should be familiar to us, there are still people *naive* enough to fall for them.

      And the *people* behind these mailings are improving their craft, and polishing up there act. Phishing/scam/spam e-mails are not always so easy to detect (some of the banking ones are extremely authentic-looking) and relying on ‘smell’ to detect them is no longer enough (see, Amazingly Dangerous Email: Must See To Believe).
      A simple rule of the road is: if you don’t know the sender, and did not ask for the mailing, do NOT open it. Period.


      Comment by techpaul | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. merci pour tous


    Comment by Kawtar | August 22, 2010 | Reply

    • thank you,


      Comment by Koko | August 22, 2010 | Reply

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