here is a letter that I received..if it were true, I could have paid a dollar for everybody clicking on my site…alas, i think it is one more junk mail..but it makes interesting reading, does it not? read on:


How are you today? I must say that I have enormous respect for you considering the manner in which I have made contact with you.  I would go straight to the proposal at hand without wasting much of your time. It is left for you to make up your mind if you would go along with me in accomplishing this or not. If you do wish, then please act as I have instructed. If not, please keep these details to yourself and I promise to compensate you all the same as soon as the transaction is concluded, as far as you stay in touch. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this email confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this email. I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication.

In 2004,late HK (name withheld!) came to our bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of $42 million US dollars, which he wished to have us invest on his behalf and I was appointed his private banker/portfolio manager at the time.  I then provided numerous suggestions and advise in line with my duties. Given the volume of funds he wished to put into our bank, we met on numerous occasions prior to any investment being placed. I encouraged him to consider various growth funds with prime ratings. The favored route in my advice to customers is to start by assessing data on 600 traditional stocks and bond managers and alternative investments. Based on my advice, we spun the money around various opportunities and made very attractive profits margins during our first few months of operation. The accrued profit and capital at that point stood at over US$46 Million.

Few months later, he instructed that the portfolio be liquidated because he needed to make urgent crude oil investments requiring cash payments in UK, I was very surprised since we were making much money from his investment but he informed me that he desired low risk and guaranteed returns on investments, and as such we could not utilise the full potential of the funds. Immediately I got in touch with a specialist bank in UK who agreed to receive this money for a fee and make cash available to H.
Last month, I received a notice from the bank in UK notifying me that as a policy, their bank was obliged to notify the originator of a transfer in the event of such remaining dormant/unclaimed after 5 years. The $46 Million we had transferred on behalf of H had sat in the bank for over 5 years untouched, without any instructions from him.

This was indeed shocking news for me considering the urgency he had requested we make the transfer at that time.  Upon enquiry I found out that he was involved in an accident in M C and passed away only a few weeks after the transfer was made to the specialist bank in UK on his behalf.

As his personal banker, I used all information available to me from his files and upon further enquiries discovered that he died without nominating a next of kin, or a beneficiary for his estate in the event of the inevitable.
His records with us too shows no next of kin because when I asked him then to fill it, he said he will do that on a later date and now the reason I am writing you is because you bear the same last name with him. (actually I do not, but what the hell, it was fun reading it: Subra)

What I wish to relate to you may smack of unethical practice but I want you to understand something. It is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of private banking especially here in xyz, is fraught with huge rewards for those who occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios. What I propose is that since you are a foreigner and I have exclusive access to his file and the specialist bank was given instructions by me to receive funds when we sought their assistance, you will be made the beneficiary of these funds and the specialist bank will subsequently be instructed to make payment of the monies in their custody to you.

Nobody is getting hurt in this, as a banker here in Hg, we see so much cash and funds being re-assigned daily. The alternative to this would be that when my bank is notified, the Specialist Bank would be instructed and the money reverts back to the state or embezzled by a corrupt top official which is more likely to happen. I know that this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come once in a lifetime and as personal banker to the DECEASED and custodian to his files and all his information here, I hold the KEY to these funds. Please, again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should act swiftly on this. Late A may even be a relative of yours but i hope you do not let the corrupt officials here get hold of this money, it will be used for drugs and oppression.
I propose that upon successful completion of this deal, we will split the proceeds according to a ratio to be agreed in subsequent communication between us.

Finally, I thank you for taking the time to read this and look forward to receiving a swift response from you (hoping you accept my offer to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity).


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  1. this is the 419 Nigerian email scam which has been around the internet since early 2000s….hope people are not carried away by the email. the best thing to do with emails from total strangers is to delete and forget rather than click and regret

  2. I first got this email in Jan, 2004.. then I first searched on net about what the heck is this. and soon found so many links/sites about such emails..

    Around 2 years back, one my distant-in-laws told to my father in law that their daughter won a lottery of 1 Million dollars and they would become rich now.. After few days.. they realized it was a fraud.. I dont know if they paid any money.. but after reading this. I thought of that incident.. 🙂

  3. I used to get 100s of such emails (business partnership, leftover fortune splits, winning a lottery, VIP consideration blah blah blah), now I have a better spam filter 🙂

    Subraji, just reply back asking to transfer a mere $100 before all this BS happens.

  4. Such a well worded email. I am sure many have fallen in this trap. Subra you missed to indicate the amount he asked to deposit as a fee for transfer of fund!

  5. Dear Blog readers,

    If you have spare time with these email reply to that email by sending your consent. You will definitely get a reply from a different email address. You can continue to send him/her emails. Track all emails and get “full email header” details. Collect it and send it to cyber crime department of your state. These cyber criminals are working in India. So you will find an arrest once cops got them.

  6. they are getting much more convincing. 🙂
    and entertaining.

    recently I got a mail from allen and violet large wanting to give away money they’ve won in a lottery. so authentic– they have actually won, and yes, Violet L really had cancer but she died last year, which the fraudsters overlooked.

  7. Guys
    On similar lines Iam also getting JOB OFFER emails form repouted INDIAN companies like TATA , Videocon , Reliance . Here there is jon interview & reader has to pay Air ticket amount by depositing in some account. Similar farud ..

  8. there is a new mail doing the rounds – a guy asks you not to fall prey to such e-mails, and mentions that he had paid so much & finally got in touch with a nigerian embassy fellow who got him a million $ compensation. finally he asks you to get in touch with that guy to recover your money. it almost reads like a comic book!!!

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