Internet Scams Exposed

SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

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Another Internet Scam: From Mr. Koh Beng Seng

 Dear Mark,

Recently i received an email from Mr. koh himself.
I even replied to it with the intention to make him talk more; here is what i received:
Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Koh Beng Seng Independent Non-executive Director Chairman of Bank of China
Ltd, Hong Kong.

An Iraqi named Abrahem Hussein Raheem,a business man made a numbered fixed deposit  of Sixty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war, Five years ago (2006). Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later found out that Abrahem Hussein Raheem and his family had been killed during the war in Gunfire that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil-well was. After further investigation it was also discovered that Abrahem Hussein Raheem 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, Sixty Five 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 is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration seven years six months the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.

Be informed that the fact that you are a foreigner gives you the privilege to stand in as my deceased client beneficiary (Business Partner) as my deceased had no relation all his family died with him during the war and i cannot use my relation because its no accepted here in Hong Kong. Also I am very confident that we will be able to establish the trust that is needed to complete this deal and all that I need for the time been is your willingness and commitment so that we can end this in the next one weeks. I like to inform you that I got your email account from my country commerce center.

What you need to understand about this transaction is that I will make sure that it passes through all international banking laws regards to this I will take care of all the expenses and the cost of retaining the service of my Attorney to give the transaction the proper documentation that is required to perfect the finishing.
1. Quickly be informed that you will have to set up two Offshore accounts that can accommodate the $65.5M Dollars, one will be with A principal bank ABROAD that I will transfer the money to and the other will be in your country that the money will be transferred to in bits so that it will not raise eyebrows. The reason why you will have to set up this accounts with my principal bank is to by-cut all the Government taxes and monetary monitory bodies and it won't raise any red flag. Please note that whatever you shall spend in opening the accounts you shall deduct it from the $65.5million before we share 50/50, secondly the account will be opened in your name and you shall be the only one to have access to this account.
2.I shall be the one to handle the cost of the attorney which is also a lot of money that the lawyer will bill. I shall also be the one to handle the cost of transfer and tax payment from Hong Kong before the funds is finally transferred to the offshore bank that you shall open. Haven’t said that be informed that you will need some amount to set up this account with the principal bank ABROAD as opening deposit as its been called base on the fact that it’s an Offshore account, this however will enable the account to accommodate the $65.5M dollars that will be transferred and the money will not bounce back to my bank because if it does it will lead to investigation by the monetary body on why and what makes the money to bounce back on that ground they will detect what we have done and get us apprehended.
Please note that there shall be an agreement letter that will be prepared in the court of law by the attorney, this letter will state our commitment and also state that we shall both deduct from the 65.5m our liquidated amount before we will share 50/50. The agreement will be prepared in the court of competent jurisdiction and must be signed by us before we enter into this deal fully.

Furthermore I'm sending you my personal information... Below;
Name: Mr.Koh Beng Seng
Address: Yip Street, Chai Wan, HK Hong Kong
Fax::+852 3010 4869
Mobile No: +852-8197-0356
Working Identity Card Number: NO: 567/0A42.

I hope that the above is well clear to you, if so kindly send me the following;
1. Your Full Name
2. Your Current Home Address
3. Your Personal Phone Number
4. Occupation
5. Fax
6. A scanned copy of your means of identification Either International Passport, Driver’s License or Working ID card.

Mind you your names and address will be use by my Attorney to prepare the needed documents that will back you up as the sole beneficiary of my deceased client funds while I shall contact you with your phone number for further discussions. Once again thanks for your interest and willingness to partner with me in pulling out my late client funds from my bank, I am anticipating to reading from you
very soon.

Mr.Koh Beng Seng

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