Free money — no strings attached

You wouldn’t believe how lucky I’ve been lately. According to some recent e-mails I am in line
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All I have to do is send my personal financial information to addresses in South Africa, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Mr. Chinyemba says if I allow him to deposit “35 million American Dollars” in my overseas account for three years I get to keep 20 percent.

That’s just for starters.

Miss Moore, who now works for the United Nations in Dubai, has deposited a cashier’s check for $825,000 in my name with the United Parcel Service. I’m confused about the UPS connection, but if I send her $80 for shipping and handling, UPS will send me the check.

But the really big pay day comes from an Iraqi businessman who made a lot of money from his own personal oil well. According to my e-mail friend, Mr. Raheem, who passed away a few years ago, deposited $65 million in a Hong Kong bank and the bank wants me to have the cash.

Mr. Seng, the Independent Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Risk Committee at Bank of China Ltd, said that because Mr. Raheem has no heirs, the government will confiscate all $65 million in a few months unless some relative or business associate applies for the money.

Mr. Seng really hates that the government will get the dough, so he’s prepared to name me “as the sole beneficiary of my deceased client so that i can instruct BANK OF CHINA to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation or business partner.”

Mr. Seng says he will split the money with me 50-50. Wow! $32.5 million! What I could do that! All I have to do is send him a little info about myself.

I know what you’re thinking, this is just another Internet scam. But Mr. Seng assures me “this project is real, and one hundred percent risk free and does not relate to any breach of law or proceeds from drugs.”

What could be wrong with that?