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Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 07:36:54 -0000
Subject: Please read!!!
MR. CHEUNG PUI
HANG SENG BANK LTD.
DES VOEUX RD. BRANCH,
CENTRAL HONG KONG,
Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr Cheung Pui director of
operations Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an obscured business suggestion for
you. Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client Major Fadi Bassem who was
with the Iraqi forces and also a business man made a numbered fixed
deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of twenty four millions five
hundred thousand United State Dollars in my branch. Upon maturity
several notices was sent to him, even during the war. Again after the war
another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We
later found out that the Major and his family had been killed during the
war in a bomb blast that hit their home.
After further investigations it was also discovered that Major Fadi
Basem did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including
the paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last
time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my
As you can see, twenty four million five hundred thousand United State
Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to
claim it. What bothers me most is that according to the by-laws of my
country at the expiration of 5 years the funds will revert to the
ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a
foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Major Fadi Bassem so that you
will be able to receive his funds.
WHAT IS TO BE DONE:
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we
will come out successful. I have contacted an attorney that will prepare
the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to
Major Fadi Basem, all that is required from you at this stage is for you
to provide me with your full name and address so that the attorney can
commence his job, after you have been made the next of kin, the attorney
will also file in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary
documentation for the move of the funds to an account that will be
provided by you.
There is no risk involved at all in the matter as we are going to adopt
a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary
documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters
concerning this issue. Once the funds have been transferred, we shall
share in the ratio of 70% for me, 25% for you and 5% for any expenses
incurred during the course of this operation. Should you be interested
please send me your private phone and fax numbers for easy communication
via email and finally after that I shall provide you with more details of
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Mr. Cheung Pui.