An invitation to commit fraud

Of all the goofy schemes that show up in my mail box, this may be the goofiest. Does anyone really fall for this stuff? Can the idiots in Nigeria top this?  

From: Mr. Beng Mew
Date: 12 Aug 2010 

Good day and may the blessings of this day rest on you, hope you are in good health? Please do not take this unserious, i plead your pardon for my approach, ok. My name is Mr. Beng Mew. I trained and work as an external auditor for the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS). I had taken pains to find your contact through personal endeavors. 

A foreigner with thesame last name as yours, died here in Singapore, twelve years ago leaving behind an estate/capital (US$31.8M with interest) here in DBS where I work, till date nobody has come forward or put application for the claim. 

I can confirm with certainty that the said investor died intestate, no next-of-kin to his estate and no body came forward all these years. I am of the settled conviction that using my insider leverage, I, working with you can secure the funds in the account for us instead of allowing it pass as unclaimed funds into the coffers of the Government of Singapore. 

This is especially possible as you bear the same LAST NAME to the said investor, of course you shall be handsomely rewarded for your part in this transaction as me and my colleague are prepared to allocate a 20% of the total funds for your efforts. 

Affirm your willingness and cooperation please,by replying me stating your FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, TELEPHONE NUMBER, FAX NUMBER, AND CONTACT ADDRESS. 

I do expect you prompt response. 

Thank you,
Mr.Beng Mew.

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  • I get things like this also,but what I find amazing is that people fall for this ruse.You gotta laugh

  • There is nothing original about this (except perhaps that he properly used the term intestate) and it probably was from Nigeria.

    Heck, the woman with esophageal cancer who wants you to get her late husband's estate is probably better.

    Of course, there are always the e-mails saying to avoid the other scammers, as this one actually has your inheritance.

    What really gives a tip-off is where some barrister in London says Western Union has money for me, and the e-mail has a Brazil address and says to reply to somewhere with a China domain name.

  • As an update, I today received notification about a Microsoft Corporations National Lottery in England with the same to and from addresses.

    Also, either AOL or Thunderbird classifies mailings from the Illinois State House Republican Campaign as spam. I don't know if they are right or not.

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