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Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 16:00:00 -0700
Subject: AGREEMENT AND PARTNERSHIP
DAH SING BANK LTD
36TH FLOOR DAH SING BANK
FINANCIAL CENTRE LTD.
108 GLOUCESTER ROAD,
I am Mr. Hon-Hing Wong , Managing Director Dah Sing Bank Ltd, Hong Kong.
I am contacting you with respect to a portfolio amounting to $35,520,000 USD (Thirty Five Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollar) deposited by a German Merchant named Mr. Mathew Schneider.
On the 18th of October 2002 Mr. Mathew Schneider deposited $12,000,000 USD (Twelve Million United States Dollars) under our portfolio management department for four years and the deposit matured on the 18th of October 2006 with over 196% growth which amounted to a total of $35,520,000 USD (Thirty Five Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollar).
Mr. Mathew Schneider, has since passed away without stating his next of kin because he deposited the funds in our establishment at a point he was finalizing divorcing his wife and had no kids coupled with the fact that he was an orphan, this funds has since mature and the roll-over on the funds has also expired.
This sum of $35,520,000 USD (Thirty Five Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollar) is still in my possession in my Bank lifeless and unnoticed because there will never be a claim on the funds and all material and immaterial documents and certificates relating to the funds is also in my possession.
According to the Hong Kong Law regulating cases of this nature which is also typical to other Asian countries, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, such funds will revert to the ownership of the Government for financing military operations, such as purchasing of arms and ammunitions for the military.
In order to avert this negative development, I will like to seek for your permission as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Mathew Schneider so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not be use for financing weapons which will further enhance the courses of war in the world in general.
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 35% for you and the balance of 5% for will be responsible for the major /trivial expenses incurred in the course of the transaction. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this project will be done by my attorney and with my position as the credit officer guarantees the successful execution of this project. If you are interested, please reply immediately.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with further information's and modalities that will help you understand the transaction.
You should observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this project would be most profitable for both parties because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Thanks and regards.
Mr. Hon-Hing Wong