South Quay Plaza
183 Marsh Wall
London, E14 9SR
My name is David Lambert, I am a principal assurance manager for HSBC Bank in London. We are conducting a standard process investigation with respect to a deceased client and the circumstances surrounding investments he made at the Private Banking arm of HSBC Bank. This man died intestate and nominated no successor in title over the investments made with the bank. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this correspondence private and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this communication.
I contact you independent of our investigation and assure that no one is informed of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. I am prepared to place you in a position to instruct the firm to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you, that is, I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We shall disburse the proceeds equally i.e. 50/50. I would have gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me and my involvement in claiming the deposit. But, you on the other hand, would easily pass as the beneficiary with right to claim the funds. I assure you that I could have the deposit released to you within a few days. The amount in question is US$48,375,000.00
I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this message. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, destroy this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like myself, who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations, run the whole private banking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by. For once, I have found myself in total control of my destiny. This opportunity won’t pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance. If you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities.
There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me. I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Let’s share this blessing. If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via official channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account. Contact me only through the following email
address: firstname.lastname@example.org . I do not want any official direct link between you and me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy.
Please observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family man, I have wife and children. I send you this correspondence not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences are, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting, soon.
I await your response.