Internet Scams Exposed

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

These emails and text messages are real examples of current scams. Learn to identify them. Please forward any scams you receive to Mark Hutten: They will be posted on this site without your email address.

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Another Scam: from Mr. Edward Kong

Mr. Edward Kong
Vice President/Manager
The Bank of East Asia (USA) NA
Flushing Branch 
39-02 Main Street,
Flushing, NY 11354, USA

Greetings friend,

I am Mr. Edward Kong, the Vice President and Branch Manager of The Bank of
East Asia (USA), Flushing Branch Flushing New York, USA. I write to seek your
consent to carry out a transaction that would be highly beneficial to you and
me. I know you may be wondering why I am contacting you for this despite all
the friends and relations that I have but I decided to do this with an unknown
person to avoid any form of blackmail in the future. Mr. Alvin Peter
Kappelmann Jr was an account holder with my bank. I have been his account
officer for 11 years before his death. He died during the World Trade Centre
bombing in September 11 2001. Please confirm from this site:

Since his death, the management of my bank has made series of efforts to
locate his family but all efforts were proved abortive. I also carried out
series of research to find his family but it was confirmed that the mother who
was the only surviving member of the family died at the hearing of the son’s
death. He was already divorced before his death and due to this fact; no one
was able to claim the fund he deposited in my bank legally because there was
no will to it. He had a secret dollar account with my bank worth the sum of
$58,200,000.00 (Fifty Eight Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) with an interest agreement of 6.7%, which have been for the past 9 years.

My purpose of contacting you now is this: My bank during the last executive
meeting resolved that if by the end of this year and there is no to the said
account, the account will be confiscated and the fund sent to the bank
treasury and this is where I am interested in and wants you to come in: I want
you to come in as the Next of /Beneficiary to this account. I have all the
titled documents to back your claim and as the Vice President and Manager of
this branch, it is in my power to carry out any form of verification on the
beneficiary of the said fund and process the fund wire without any problem. I
want you to know that this is legal, 100% risk free as all the titled
documents would be changed to your name, and the fund wired to any bank
account you wish to have it wired to.

Please note that I am willing to let you have 40% of the total sum while you
give me 60% when the fund finally gets to your nominated bank account. Also,
note that I am willing to go extra mile to make this a success because if
anything goes wrong, then I stand the risk of losing my job and even go to
jail for trying to carry out such transaction. This is why I am contacting you
so that we can put heads together and take care of this transaction within now
and the next 9 days.

Kindly get back to me immediately at ( so that I
will advice you on how this would be carried out.


Mr. Edward Kong
Vice President/Manager

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