This one should catch your eye, hey $24.5 million needs your urgent attention! It is simply a good old tried and true scam. Either, you need to send a few bucks to process a transaction or pay taxes, whatever the excuse or they will send you a check and allow you to keep a certain percentage and send the balance elsewhere. A few days later, guess what the check bounces and you have been scammed.
What is particularly upsetting about this one is that the bank referred to actually exists and the person being impersonated is actually an employee of the bank see their site
My name is Mr. Peter TS Wong; I work with HANG SENG BANK, HONG KONG. I have a
Business Proposal of ($24,500,000.00) for you to handle with me from my bank.
Should you be interested please send me your full names,
Private Phone/fax number to email address
(email@example.com) and finally
after that I shall provide you with more details of this operation.
Mr. Peter TS Wong.
(Director of Hang Seng Bank LTD)
This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.”
This is a fine example of spam. The message is sent out to “undisclosed-recipient” and the contact E-Mail goes to a free public address, in this case “Yahoo.com.hk”. You would think that the “Director” of a bank of this size would at least have a personal email address on the bank’s server.
This post was placed over a year ago and readers have been sending in all kinds of examples of scam emails where the Hang Seng Bank is being used by the bottom feeders as bait for their scams. It should be noted that the Hang Seng Back does not and will not ever send out any legitimate correspondence to anyone of their clients or anyone else, for that matter, via emails of this nature.
In other words, any correspondece you may receive where the name is employed should be deleted.