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Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 05:01:49 -0700
Subject: FROM MR. SONG LI LE
Mr. Song Li le
Hang Seng Bank Ltd.
Sai Wan Ho Branch,
83, Des Voeux Road,
Let me start by introducing myself. I am MR. SONG LI LE, Director of Operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an obscured business suggestion for you. Before the U.S. and Iraqi war, our client
Colonel Sadiq Uday, who was with the Iraqi forces and also businessman, made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Nineteen Millions Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars
only in my branch. Upon maturity several notices was sent to him, even during the war which began in 2003. Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out
that the Colonel along with his wife and only daughter had been killed during the war in a bomb blast that hit their home. You can read more about the bombings on visiting these sites below:
After further investigation it was also discovered that Colonel Sadiq Uday, 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 bank.
So, Nineteen Millions 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 laws of my country at the
expiration 5 years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as
the next of kin to Colonel Sadiq Uday, so that you will be able to receive his funds.
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall come out successful. I have an attorney that will prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to
Colonel Sadiq Uday, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin,
the attorney will also fill in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and of probate in your favor for the move of the funds to an account that will be provided by you. There is no risk involved at
all in this 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 to your nominated bank account we shall then share in the ratio of 70% for me, 30% for you.
Should you be interested please send me your,
1, Full names,
2, private phone number,
3, current residential address,
And I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below:
and finally after that I shall provide you with more details of this operation.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Mr Song Lile