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

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Scam Email from: Mr Ming Yang

Dear Friend,
  Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Ming Yang director of
  operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd. I have an obscured business
  suggestion for us. Before the U.S and Iraqi war, our client Gen. Aadel Akgaal
  Bastaan who was with the Iraqi forces and also businessman made a
  numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of Twenty Four
  million 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. I later find out that the General along
  with his wife and only daughter had been killed during the war in a
  bomb blast that hit their home.
  After further investigation it was also discovered that Gen. Aadel
  Akgaal Bastaan did not declare any next of kin in his official papers
  including the paper work of his bank deposit. 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. Twenty Four million Five Hundred Thousand United
  State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will know of it.
  What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the
  expiration of 13years and 8 months 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 Gen. Aadel Akgaal Bastaan 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 Gen. Aadel
  Akgaal Bastaan, 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 letter of probate in your favour 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.
  Should you be interested please send me your full names, age, occupation, private
  phone/fax and current residential address and finally after that I shall
  provide you with more details of this operation.
  Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
  Kind Regards,
  Mr.Ming Yang.(Director Of Operations)

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