I got the following (spam) email. I have to say that although I dont know if the person is real or not, when i got back to them and told them I will ask details to my local HSBC branch they ignored me... (I could waste my time doing something else)
FROM THE DESK OF MS. JANET E. GRIFFIN
DIRECTOR, FOREIGN OPERATIONS/REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
HSBC PLC UNITED KINGDOM
8, CANADA SQUARE,LONDON, UK
Our Ref: HSBCUK/0OZZ992/162/02/2010
RE:Payment Notification Valued at US $5.6 Million.
From the desk of Ms. Janet E. Griffin, Director, Foreign Operation and International Remittances Department , Hong-Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation London, UK.
This is to bring to your notice that our Bank has received a formal mandate from United States and Great Britain Government, and Department in charge of Compensation and International winnings to take over all the monetary transaction originated as Contract payments, bequeath/inheritance funds, Lottery Winning and other related payments from all parts of African and Asia, European and America Continents. This directive was as a result of incapability and irregularities traced to most of the original financial institutions/security companies entrusted with the release and delivery of these funds to their respective beneficiaries.
Meantime, due to the recent global economic meltdown, this bank has received a payment order to release to you US$5.6million only (this represent part of your total fund) in this first quarter of the year 2010.
By this communication you are formally notified that the fund approved in your favor was recently verified and was successfully cleared from terrorism and Money laundry activities. Having cleared your fund for delivery, you are required to respond to this notice by re-confirming your personal details as thus: Name, Address, Marital status, Sex, Age, Means of formal Identification, etc within 48hour of receiving of this notice.
Furthermore, to ensuring that the approved (part) payment is delivered to you in good fate, this bank is giving you the privilege of advising us on the most convenient payment-option which you would want this fund to be delivered to you, also, you are to advice us on how to handle the publicity of this transaction; would you want it to be publicize on the financial journal of this bank and other UK financial journals or do you want it done quietly?
In order to shield this transaction from imposter, fraudsters and their accomplices and also to avoid the issue of identity theft you are advised to discontinue all forms of communications with any source(s) who may claim to been in possession of your fund and/or in the position to help you to get your payment.
Further directives and instruction shall be made available unto you in due course.
Note:- Due to the numerous corresponding we send out daily, our message transmitter some time deliever some messages to bulk folder. This observation and/or complain was brought to the notice of this bank by some of our numerous customers and consequent to this you are strongly advised to check your bulk mail folder regularly for our corresponding.
Your prompt response to the above directive is highly imperative.
At HSBC, we understand people's value and financial decisions.
Ms. Janet E. Griffin
International Transfer/Remittance Department.
London (Member Group) # 8, CANADA SQUARE,LONDON, SW1A1JB UK
, 3-6 Courtwell Square, Southend On Sea, Essex SS99 2UU
Telephone: 203 3573231 /Fax: 7005-961-775. Telex 368401. CINNAFOREX. SWIFT MIDLGB 22
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