'Can I Trust You with $24,400,000.00?'

@marina321 (4561)
December 10, 2008 3:11pm CST
'No you may not trust me with all your money!' Like you probably thought when you read the title, that is utterly ridiculous! but someone still sent me and probably a million other users the email below: From: MR PATRICK K W CHAN (info@hangsengbankltd.com) Sent: Wednesday, 10 December, 2008 12:47:18 Subject: CAN I TRUST YOU WITH $24,400,000.00 HANG SENG BANK LTD, 83, Des Voeux Road, Central HK, Hong Kong. Dear Sir/Madam, My name is Patrick K W Chan, I work with HANG SENG BANK, HONG KONG.I have a Business Transaction of ($24,400,000.00) for you to handle with me from my bank. I will need you to assist me in executing this Business from Hong Kong to your country. I need to know if you will be able to handle this with me before I explain to you in full details ? Should you be interested please send me your full names,private phone/fax and current residential address and finally after that I shall provide you with more details of this Business Transaction. Best Regards, Patrick K W Chan. How stupid do these SCAMMERS think their intended victims are?! Like I do with all other emails of this nature, I reported as spam and hit DELETE! With the christmas period looming, these are becoming ever so common... Have you had emails of this nature recently? Have you noticed an increase of the number of such emails sent lately?
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@Zezlol (409)
• United Arab Emirates
10 Dec 08
Yes I got one from a woman saying that she's dying and has no children so she'd like to give me all her money rather than leave it for her relatives. How... believable? Normally I don't open such emails, but I knew from the title it would be one of those scams and was ready for a chuckle. It's sad to think that there are people (uneducated internet users) who actually do fall for such tricks. =[
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@marina321 (4561)
10 Dec 08
Yeah, I suppose there is as you put it 'uneducated users' that fall for these scams! I wonder what happened to that issue about yahoo sueing the scammers? Should check what happened on that? because the emails seem even more nowadays so I assume no progress with that...
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
10 Dec 08
I think they cycle, I will be getting a lot and then they move on to someone else. The worse one I got was a check through the mail that really looked real and had a reasonable request for me to do some wowrk for it, Good thing I worked in the bank for 30 yrs, I notice one very small number missing and so I called the bank, sure enough it was a fraud, then I called the FBI and was told unless i had already lost over 10,000 $ they could not help, they just had to many to follow up on. I told them even to get this guy I didn't want to loose that much money.
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@marina321 (4561)
10 Dec 08
Good thing you hadn't already lost $10,000!
10 Dec 08
Hi marina321, I haven't had one yet, but many of mylot friends from India had similar thing like that and were so excited because they were thinking its a job for them and hadling all that money . but I had to plead with them to ignore and delete it, those peopl should be caught and charged that is so disgusting preying on people who has no idea. Thanks for doing this discussion as many mylotters can see this. Tamara
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@marina321 (4561)
11 Dec 08
Yes, their prey are the users who are not as informed and it takes 1 in a million for it to be a success
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
13 Dec 08
No I wouldn't do it. I do what you do. If I notice them. I delete a lot of junk. Your friend onlydia.
@oneidmnster (1389)
• United States
10 Dec 08
I've been getting this kind of junk for years.Because of the economy,I think these vultures are hoping to cash in on people that are desperate for money.Hopefully,no one will fall for it.
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@marina321 (4561)
11 Dec 08
Oh yeah, the credit crunch should explain the increase cheers
• Australia
10 Dec 08
I get these all the time ,have even taken the print out to the police station but they say they can do nothing or maybe they just can not be bothered with the paper work .And yes Marina I think that there are folk out there who are either gready or so desperate that they will see this as easy money and end up getting scammed big time.
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@marina321 (4561)
11 Dec 08
I suppose there's not much they can do as most of these come from .yahoo or free email accounts which basically anyone can set up without using their real details However maybe the email site can track which IP they come from..wasn't yahoo trying to sue some people?
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
10 Dec 08
My spam filter doesn't seem to be filtering them lately either. What a pain!
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@marina321 (4561)
10 Dec 08
Mine either... Yahoo that is... The gmail account never gets such spam
• United States
13 Dec 08
Yes I've seen these silly e-mails, this one in particular too. The second I see it I mark it as spam and instantly delete it. I really don't even know why these people even bother sending these things out.
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Dec 08
They are hoping people are that stupid. I would have thought people would have caught on to this stuff years ago and the scammers would have gone on to more believable stuff. Somewhere I have saved a funny chat with an online buddy of mine. I guess he actually contacted one of these folks and had a good old time playing with her before she caught on and hung up on him.
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• Philippines
11 Dec 08
I received these mails twice, funny thing that I was tempted to reply an email on the first offer of a dying women who will want to load my bank account with all of her moneys. I replied to her...die now!lol. Not only in emails, I also received text messages saying that I won 2nd prize and it's worth a million peso. I agree with you , they are here and there now that christmas is almost near. They are all pathetic.
@marina321 (4561)
11 Dec 08
Yup, they're annoying...someone else has said the increase in these may be due to the global financial crisis and I agree
@sayan007 (45)
• India
10 Dec 08
I think a lot of people including me have been getting these mails recenty i gota mail that i have won a lottery and need to collect the money after paying a small fees..
@marina321 (4561)
10 Dec 08
yeah, those ones are utterly ridiculous too, isn't it? I mean how do you win a lottery in Hong Kong or South Africa when you have never set foot in the place let alone buy a lotto ticket in the country?!
@vanonas (950)
• United States
14 Dec 08
I've been getting those kind of emails a lot for the past couple months. I haven't been getting as many as I did in previous months but they're still coming into my email. They were really annoying because when I'd check my email there would be about 6 of them in there! I also hit spam and hope that I won't get another one. I wish they were true though! I know we all could use a couple million dollars in our pockets.
@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
13 Dec 08
I received these kinds of emails everyday. It is really annoying. I guess I should blcok them though I have never tried this!
@burfed (4)
11 Dec 08
no
@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
11 Dec 08
I am reciving lots of similar emails, like the one you mentioned. I also recieve very often that I won millions of money, I recieve around two of these kind of emails daily. I think it is true that they increased a lot, these are really dangerous emails since there are still people who belive in these emails and respond them back by sending these people their personal information. They will get robbed from thier bank account, so please be aware
@jha2x_09 (74)
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
hi marina321...... I also receive that kind of email... but i never respond and i just ignored it.. many times..
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Dec 08
I get a lot of this junk. I think that they seem to think that you are at home and obviously either a pensioner, housewife, or crippled or cannot or do not want to work outside the home, and using a computer, that you are incredible stupid and gullible and deserve to be ripped up, that you are a natural sucker. I keep deleting these and they just keep coming, and now they are increasing. Do they think I will fall for them, from those who think that it is alright to cheat or defraud me? No.
• India
11 Dec 08
nope i never got it thank god
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Dec 08
It doesn't really surprise me at all. This is the time of year where the scamming people lay in wait to stalk the prey by sending these bogus e-mails. Please be leery and careful. Fortunately I have not receive any of these e-mails as of yet but my husband has received them at various times of the year not just the holidays. He has told me some crazy stories he had received on his e-mails of people asking for money and personal information. Of course my husband declined to submit any information. It is really a terrible thing that these people do. Taking advantage of people via the internet like they do. I can only hope that there aren't many people out there that do fall prey to these schemes and the like. Well it probably happens everyday and then victims lose everything. It is a good idea as you have done to report these things as spam because that is pretty much what I would classify these things as. Take care and thanks for passing the information along.
• India
11 Dec 08
this is so pathetic...u dnt evn have so look at such emails whn u get thm..Who wld b so stupid jus to giv us so muc money...lol