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Nigerian 419 Scam: Chinese Edition [SFX: Stereotypical Gong]

CITIC Building, 14th Floor,
B section 19 Jianguomenwai Street
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Dear Partner,

Good day, firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a Certified mail/Post-mail. This is due to the urgency and importance of the information. I humbly crave your indulgence to read this e-mail with all seriousness of purpose because this project is based on Trust, confidentiality and sincerity of purpose in order to have an acceptable meeting of the minds. I am a forty eight years old (48) lawyer. My name is Mr. George Yao, a solicitor and personal attorney to an expatriate and a consultant with an American Oil company, PENNZOIL (Now deceased) He died in the Tsunami disaster on 26th December 2004 while on vacation in Thailand.

Six years ago, My Client successfully executed a contract for the Government of China {PRC} worth US$15.3 million dollars. A part payment of USD9.million dollars was paid to my client, while the balance of USD6.3million Dollars was still unpaid before my client died in the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. However, all my efforts to locate the possible next of kin proved abortive. Until his sudden demise, He was not married and was 40years old.

NOW THE CRUX OF THIS E-LETTER is that the new Minister in Government is fully paying all foreign Contractors who have successfully executed their contracts and my client is among those benefited in this first quarter payment schedule which has already been deposited in his bank. As his personal attorney/Adviser, his bank has officially notified and instructed me to forward particulars of my client’s next of kin within the next 14 official working days so that he/she can be paid the outstanding USD6.3 Million dollars otherwise his payment will be diverted to the government coffers account as unclaimed bill.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives, I decided to contact you for a deal so that we can work together as a team to remit the money to your account as my client next of kin since I do not want to seat and watch my client hard earned entitlement to go astray, it will be easy for us to achieve because you are of the same last name and color like him. Although I know that a transaction of this magnitude might make anyone apprehensive but I would like to assure you that I am proposing this project to you with the best of intensions. As a lawyer, I have the expertise to secure all the necessary legal documents that will be used for this claim. All I require from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a Legitimate banking arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. Upon successful conclusion of this project, you will be compensated with 40% of the total fund, while 60% will be for me.

If you are interested to work with me in this deal then kindly reply strictly to my email with your personal Mobile number/telephone for effective communication and oral clarification on how to proceed next thanks

Mr.George Yao
{Legal Adviser}
Tel: +86-10-63626140,
M/B: +86-13556147126

I love this e-mail because (1) it exploits the tsunami, (2) it turns wealthy China into the focal point of exploitation, (3) it contains the phrase “Legitimate banking arrangement” (a lower-case “l” is so bourgeois), and (4) it reminds me of a song.

Posted by D. B. Bates on October 7, 2011 4:47 PM  |   | Print-Friendly  | Blog Posts, Become What You Are

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