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    I get one or two of these a week.I hope all of you know better than to respond to these phishing scams.

    Dear Friend,

    I am Mr.Lee Xiang and I work with Allied Irish Bank GB Leicester Office.I
    feel quite safe dealing with you in this business proposition
    although,this medium(Internet)has been greatly abused,I choose to reach
    you through it because it still remains the fastest,surest and most
    secured medium of communication.However,this Correspondence is unofficial
    and private, and it should be treated as such.I urge you to treat it with
    the seriousness it deserves. I also guarantee you that this deal is hitch
    free from all what you may think of.Like in my earlier introduction, I am
    the Manager Allocation Department(Allied Irish Bank GB)Leicester Office.
    My office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial
    institutions here in United Kingdom concerned with foreign claim
    payments.My office has the final signatory to any transfer or remittance
    of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international
    levels in line with foreign claim settlement.

    I have before me list of funds, which could not be transferred to some
    nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either as ghost
    accounts, unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum etc. I wish to have a
    deal with you as regards to these unpaid funds. As it is my duty to
    recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the British Government
    Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits,I have the opportunity
    to write you based on the instructions received two days ago from the
    Foreign Debts Reconciliation Dept to submit the List of payment
    reports/expenditures and audited reports of revenues.Among several others,
    I have decided to present you as the Next of Kin/Will Beneficiary to an
    overdue inheritance sum of £9.7M belonging to our Late client Mrs.Margret
    Eich of Hamburg,Germany.

    Following my idea that we can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do
    this legally with your name as the bona fide beneficiary of the amount in
    question by employing the service of a UK accredited attorney, who will
    handle all the legal documentations and lay claims through his legal
    authority on your behalf.Listen 50% of this money will be for you,in
    respect to the provision of a foreign account and 50% would be for me as
    have planned to come to your Country as soon as the transfer is completed.

    My Conditions:

    1) The sum of £9.7M only will be transfer into your account after the
    processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bona fide
    beneficiary,the transfer will be made by telegraphic
    Transfer(T/T),conformable in 7 working days.

    2)This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be
    strictly by email/telephone, for security purposes.

    3)There should be no third parties as most problem associated with your
    fund release are caused by your agents or representative. If you Agree
    with my conditions,i will advise you on what to do immediately and the
    transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on
    the Payment schedule instantly to meet the 7 working days mandate.

    I hope you don't reject this offer and have this fund transferred.

    Waiting for your reply soon.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Mr.Lee Xiang.
    Allied Irish Bank(GB)
    Leicester Office,United Kingdom.
    Private Email:

  • #2
    Re: I'm passing up a fortune

    yeah, I find it frightening that people have fallen for these types of scams in the past. I remember hearing a statistic from a few years back that phishing scams were the highest grossing "industry" for the country of Nigeria just when people were starting to put out warnings against them. Not sure how accurate it is, but could be true.

    Also, keep in mind that these scammers aren't one trick ponies. They keep finding new and innovative ways to scam. Another one I heard about recently is scammers breaking into web based email accounts like gmail, and by using gmail's chat feature, pretend to be that person to scam friends and other contacts. Usually the biggest tip of is them asking you to send money to a "friend" in some other country.

    So if you get odd emails or have strange instant messages from people you know, give them a call and tell them they need to change their account passwords.


    • #3
      Re: I'm passing up a fortune

      Seems legit, Xiang is a well respected IRISH family name
      At least the engrish (not a typo) is pretty good in this one.
      Most of the ones I have seen are brutal in their use of our language


      • #4
        Re: I'm passing up a fortune

        Golly - it seems legit to me... It must be a very frugal bank - they use hotmail instead of their own account.
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