From: Chaoxiang Liang <email@example.com>
Date: Monday, December 29, 2014
Subject: Regarding An Estate
I am Chaoxiang Liang, relationship manager for a finance house in Hong Kong. I am in touch with you regarding the estate of a deceased client who had an investment placed under our bank management. I would respectfully request that you keep the content of this email confidential because of nature of information you come
by as result of this email.I contact you independently and no one is inform of this communication. I take huge gamble to send you this email and hope you understand that my mind will not rest until I hear your reply.
In 2003 Mark J Heuer came to Our Bank to Engage in Discussions with Our Private Banking business division. He Deposited 8.35 million United States Dollars, for which we Created a Financial Portfolio for his behalf. On my advice, we spun the Money Around Various Opportunities and made attractive profit for first year. At this point the account was over 10 million United States Dollars. In early 2005, he instructed that the principal sum (8.35M) be liquidated to make urgent investment requiring cash payments in Hong Kong. We get in touch with a specialist bank in Hong Kong who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make cash available to Mark. However the Bank gotten in touch with us last year that this money has not been claimed. On further enquiries we found out that Mark was dead of sudden ailment. He has no next of kin.
What I propose is that since I have exclusive access to his file, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds. My bank will contact you informing you that money has been willed to you. On verification, which will be the details I make available to my bank, my bank will instruct the paying bank to make payments to you. You do not have to have known him. I know this might be a bit heavy for you but please trust me on this. You will not be committing wrongdoing because it is the bank that will contact you to claim the money. For all your troubles I propose that we split the money in half. In the banking circle this happens often. The other option is that the money will revert back to the state.
Nobody is getting hurt; this is a lifetime opportunity for us I hold the KEY to these funds, and as a Chinese National we see so much cash and funds being re-assigned daily Please, again, note I am a family man..; I have wife and children. I send you this email not without fear of the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and wealth never come easy. This is the one truth I have learned from my private clients . Please do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Please pardon my writing mistakes. Please get back to me immediately via email.
I awaiting your response
You can always trust a family man, right? It was my duty to let him know I was onboard with his scheme:
Dear Mr. Liang,
Now that's a way to start the new year: making money the old-fashioned way -- by having it handed over to you by a complete stranger!
Can we just say right now that it's a good thing your client bit the dust? I mean, how else could we split his fortune? And better us than the state -- they've got mucho dinero, as our amigos south of the border would say. Too mucho, if you ask me.
Well, let me give your little mind a rest. I'm up for whatever plan you have in store. Just let me know what to do, and next time this year, maybe we'll both be Tahiti drinking Mai-tais and eating BBQ pig ears.
When I didn't hear back for two weeks, I wrote the whole thing off. Then, out of the blue, a reply -- with a good excuse!
Thank you for your reply for my letter. firstly I will apologize for my late response in replying your message I have been on vacation with my family I will explaining what needs to be done before money is reach your account because we have make sure the transfer is within law. But first I must say that I having enormous respect for you considering the manner with which I have contact with you. We have not meeting before but the unique of your last name has made it possible for us to come together in this deal. Lets move forward and lets see what we can achieve. In everything we does with another there must be a meeting of minds. So you have to let me direct the process if we decide to proceed. As we say in Chinese thoroughness is what is needed here. I am not man of many words but I am assurance you, that we will be success at the end as I an not involve myself in anything that is not going to be benefit for us. I do not needing any upfront fees from you for anything.
Everything is going to be done in sequence and legally. I will expecting that the whole process will be take about 2 weeks before the money will be in your account. At this stage I having exclusive access to the files. I will be instructing a solicitor in China to prepare all the documents in your name. This will be put in my file and present to my bank. It will be approved and then authorization given to the bank to make payment to you. Please this is very important and your total commitment is what is desired.
At this stage I am sure you have many of questions you want to ask. We are going to take this matter on a step-by-step basis. However something that I must point out to you at this stage is that there is no wrong on your part. At the end of the day it is the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), that will be contact you to inform you that money has been left for you. You are not contacting the bank so you are doing absolutely nothing wrong or taking any risk. The only person who could have disputed this is long gone. As soon as my bank has gone through all formalities with you, they will instruct OCBC to make payments to you. This will be done through an Attorney as certain verifications required by law have to be done.
To proceed I will need you to re-confirming the following information
TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.................................
My friend please let us be positive and show discretion as we both make one of the most fruitful steps of our lives. I look forward to hearing from you.
Best RegardsChaoxiang Liang
For a man of not many words, that's sure a dense email. But not as dense as me when I replied:
A vacation? Good for you! hope it wasn't Disneyland, otherwise you'd have measles! I've heard of German measles; are there Chinese measles? (That sounds like a name for a wrestler, LOL!!)
Before I give you my personal information, can you tell me how you happened to find my name? I mean, I'm happy to take the money. But I don't know anybody Chinese other than the people on the corner who make dumprings.(At least that's how they pronounce it.) Are you sure I'm the right Chester Hooten, and not another Chester Hooten that's related to the dead rich guy? I just Googled my name, and there are 152,000 entries. I can't be all of them! Especially since some of them are DEAD! I'm not dead, just confused.
Yours truly,The Living Chester Hooten
Too dense for my own good, perhaps. I never heard from Mr. Liang again.