Monday, February 2, 2015


 Despite the scammer's concern, I wasn't at all surprised at receiving his email:

Do not be surprised about this mail, because it was personally directed to you. I need you to partner with me to execute a Business that will be of great benefit to both of us. It is about transferring the Sum of $19,500,000.00 USD from my Bank to a private account that I would advise you to open. My name is Mr. Leung Wing Lok. I work with Hang Seng Bank in Hong Kong. I will give you details of the transaction if I receive your response that you are willing and dependable to carry out the transaction with me in absolute confidentiality. I look forward to hearing from you.
Please Email me directly on my private email below:
Sincerely yours.
Mr. Leung Wing Lok.

These guys are always demanding absolute confidentiality, despite emailing a million people a day. But I had no problem with that:
Dear Mr. Lok,

You got in touch with me just in time! Surgeons just removed my hibiscus, and the hospital is charging me an arm and a leg -- as if removing my hibiscus wasn't enough!

Sharing that 19 million buckaroos would be alright by me, yes indeed it would. What do I have to do to get my larger-than-average hands on it? And I promise to keep this whole thing a secret. Unlike you, I'm not going to give a PENNY to my friends. In fact, I'm going out to buy myself a whole new set of people to drink with. You, too, if you'd like! So let me know.

Your new drinking buddy,
Chester Hooten

PS: Lueng Wing Lok, Hang Seng Bank -- it sounds like a Dr. Suess story!

I always hope that when I send a short email, the scammers will reply in kind. I'm always disappointed:

I Need More Information Please.

Good Day.

And thanks for your interest in this Deal; honestly I don’t know you too well. But I am sorry if I am disturbing your privacy, something in my spirit move me to contact you to see if you will be interested I have no option but went online to search for assistance I did find your email on my private search on net where I came across your email address, let me introduce myself with full information about this business deal, My name is Mr. Leung Wing Lok. I work with the Hang Seng Bank. There is a sum of $19,500,000.00 in my Bank Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong. There were no beneficiaries stated concerning these funds which mean no one would ever come to claim it after all my investigations I find out that the beneficiary of the fund was involve in car accident and there is no next of kin stated to this fund in my Bank, this is a deal which I cannot handle alone at this point of time That is why I ask that we work together as Partner. I do solicit for your assistance in effecting this transaction. I intend to give 30% of the total funds as compensation for your assistance and I shall send you the details and necessary procedures with which to make the transfer effective. once again Like I said due to this issue on my hands now, it became necessary for me to seek your assistance, I don't really know if you can help me execute this project, and I am quite certain about that. You should not have anything to worry about, I will do everything legally required to ensure that the project goes smoothly, it shall pass through all Laws of International Banking, and you have my word. Having resolved to entrust this transaction into your hands, I want to remind you that, it needs your commitment and diligent follow up. If you work seriously, the entire transaction should be over in a couple of days, I don’t really know you but something moved me to contact you by email as I was really looking for assistance not even anybody close to me or anybody located in my country because of the confidentiality


Firstly, I will want to know precisely the type of occupation that you do and how old you are, you should note that this project is highly capital intensive, this is why I have to be very careful, I need your total devotion and trust to see this through. I know we have not meet before, but I am very confident that we will be able to establish the necessary trust that we need to execute this project.

I am now in contact with Santander Bank Plc in Mexico, so I intend that you open an account in your name in this foreign bank in Northern America, Mexico to be precisely. So that the total Fund $ 19,500,000 USD would be transferred to your account which you will open with the Bank in Mexico this is the best way I have found, it will protect us from my Bank. I want us to enjoy this money in peace when we conclude. So you should listen to my instructions and follow them religiously this Bank idea is the best and safe way to carry out this deal because there will be no trace, Just follow my instructions because this is my field of work and I know all Implications ahead it if there is any mistake that
’s why I want you to follow my instructions, Also you have to know that I cannot transfer this money in my name as my bank will be aware that it is from me, this is where I need you. As result of this you will have to open an account in the corresponding bank in Mexico. I will obtain a certificate of deposit from my bank here in Hong Kong, it will be issued in your name and this will make you the bonfire owner of the funds. After this the money will be banked online for both of us. You can then transfer the funds to your private/personal bank account before you would have my own share transfer to an account which I would provide for you to transfer my own share of 70% from the total funds.

I will also perfect the documentations with the assistance of my attorney to give the transaction the legal right. Before I commence, I will need you to make me trust you and send me a copy of any form of your identification (Driver's license Work ID or International passport) I want to be sure that I am transacting with the correct person with trust from the heart because due to the way I arrange this deal I don
’t Need any Phone conversation from you at this point just to avoid trace and for security reasons. As soon as I get all required details from you, I will commence the paper work. I hope you will understand why I need all these, the money in question is big and I want to ensure that I know you well before I proceed to give you all the details to commence the project. I will send every detail you will need to contact the bank in Mexico so that you can commence communication with them. Ensure that you keep this project confidential; do not discuss it with anybody, because of the confidential nature of this transaction and my work Please this is my chance to make it in life

Please reply soonest.
Mr.Leung Wing Lok

 My soonest wasn't soon enough, because the following email appeared immediately after the first -- with family photos!

Your Identity is Required

Today at 12:15 AM
As I have said in my previous mail, I want to let you know of myself once again so that you will be rest assured of whom you are transacting with. I am married with two children Liu my daughter and Lee my son; I am sending you my family picture now for you to see. My address is #1, Fortune Garden, 20 Wing Ting Road, Ngan Chi Wan, Kln, and Hong Kong. I have lived here for the last 17 years. It is not a good idea to have your documents send via mailing you can scan and attached or still send via email the way I just sent you mine, Please I also want you to send your picture with your family picture if possible so that we both can be fully trusted in the Blood Just for me to trust you because I don’t want us to talk on phone to avoid trace due to the way I fixed everything that’s will never lead to trace as we are going to enjoy this Money in Good faith. It’s just for you to ask information from me before you do anything about this transaction I have really invested much in this transaction so I will please tell you to accept the 30% of the total funds that I intend to give to you.

Please endeavour to keep this transaction confidential, Please do not discuss it with anybody and do not share your email with anybody, I have a 14 years career with my Bank (Hang Seng) and I don
’t Intend to ruin all that. I really can’t wait till the funds leave my Bank because I have not been able to sleep nor eat properly for the past days. Attach to this email is my work ID and my family pictures for your reference.

Well if I may remind you again, you are required to send at least a copy of your Driver's License or International Passport or any valid ID proof of yourself. Also you will send me you full profile of yourself like Your Full Names, Your Occupation, Age, where you work at present your house address and some of your Family picture if possible just for us to trust each other and make me free minded transacting this deal with you

Also note that everything about this Deal would be done online, in other words you do not need to travel to Mexico to open an account with Santander Bank in Mexico, because the account you will need to open is an online offshore account, so everything has to be done Online.

The most important issue is that I want to be sure I am transacting with the correct person, I believe these information would be enough to confirm your interest, I don
’t want to miss this chance because if I do the total fund will later be process to the Bank Treasure as Government fund why few part will be given to the Orphanage home, Please try to understand my Point right here

Best Regards,
Mr.Leung Wing Lok

That's one happy family. I wonder if they know that their images are being used to promote an international scam. But that ID, though, is barely better than what I could come up with, so I didn't even try. But a quick Google Image search under "Family" was all I needed to fulfill the other part of his request:

My, you have a handsome family! It must be all that moo shu pork.

Your email arrived just as I was going to get a driver's license, so that will have to wait for a few days. However, here's my personal information as you requested:

NAME: Chester Hooten
ADDRESS: 69 Hungerdunger Road; Sinatra, New Jersey 
OCCUPATION: Scraping pigeon shit off the sidewalk

I've attached a family photo. Our kids are adopted, so don't get any funny ideas about us.

Chester Hooten

Looks like that photo scared him off. He never replied. I can't say that I blame him. (And special thanks to the anonymous family for putting their very special photo online for my use!)



  1. Damnnnn man! I got this too hahahaha with the same pictures of the "family" but he change that id card name to mr.caoxiang hen liang hhahaha lol thanks so much for the information!

  2. hey i got the same pics.. only under the name Mr. Chaoxiang Heng Liang. i think i will borrow your family pic and send it to him has mine.... lol.

  3. Nice taunt. These guys must all work off the same template.
    Do you know how the scam would have ended if you followed through?