Things that make you go "aaaah, bless"
During the height of the 419 craze, when all of you were being contacted by random Nigerians who were offering riches beyond the dreams od Croesus, I was uncontacted – even on my spam harvesting Hotmail account (no link to Hotmail, if you don’t know it by now, is this the internet you are looking for?)Â I felt hurt and ignored, but over time the ache went away.
Recently, I was sent an email from the Chase Manhatten Bank needing my account details.Â Do you know, I typed all my details, PIN numbers and passwords into my reply and was just about to hit send when I thought “hang on, I don’t have a Chase Bank account“.Â Phew, disaster averted.
Anyway, welcome to a few years ago.Â I feel I have finally arrived on the internet.
>From The Desk of: Mr. Anthony Jansen Branch Operations Manager Custody / Clearing Rabo Bank Den Haag - The Netherlands Dear Prospective Partner, How are you today and business in your country? I am Mr. Anthony Jansen, Of the above bank. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this email. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I believe would be of interest to you. I know you would be wondering why I am writing you with such a request. I will only urge you to read on for clear understanding. In June 1998, a German Oil consultant/contractor with the British Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr. BENJAMIN JESSE-JAMES made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months (AMOUNT WITHELD FOR SECURITY REASONS) with my bank where I am Branch Operations Manager. Upon maturity of his deposit, Rabo bank Investments and loans department sent a routine notification to his forwarding address in America and Germany but got no reply. After a month, we also sent a reminder and finally discovered from his contract employers, the British Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. BENJAMIN JESSE-JAMES died alongside his wife, from the plane crash in Nova Scotia which you can as well view. http://www.greatdreams.com/crash.htm This led to my bank's immediate launch of an investigation into reaching a possible surviving next of kin to alert about the situation and also to come forward to claim his estate.If you are familiar with private banking affairs, those who patronize Rabo Bank private services usually prefer anonymity, but also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. In his bio-data form, he listed no next of kin. In the field of private banking, opening a private account with us means no one will know of its existence since such accounts are rarely held under a particular name because some depositors use numbers and codes to make the accounts anonymous. I must let you know that Rabo bank also gives the choice to depositors of having messages sent to them or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no traces of the account and as such rarely do they nominate next of kin. Private banking clients apart from not nominating next of kin also usually in most cases leave wills in our care, in this case; MR. BENJAMIN JESSE-JAMES died interstate. In line with our internal processes for account holders who have passed away, we instituted our own investigations in good faith to determine who should have right to claim the estate.This investigation has for the past months been unfruitful because no one has been contacted as far as this management is concerned. We have scanned every continent and used our private investigation affiliate companies to get to the root of the problem. This very large sum has since been sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.No one will ever come forward to claim it, and according to the New Laws of The Netherlands, at the expiration of 7(seven) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Netherlands Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.What I wish to relate to you will smack of unethical practice but I want you to understand something,it is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those who occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios.You should have begun by now to put together the general direction of what I propose. There is a large amount of money deposited in my bank,I as the Branch Operations Manager alone have the deposit details and I will release the due funds to no one unless evidence of relationship with the deceased. Since I alone have the power to attest to the claim and know of the existence of this deposit. As far as Rabo Bank is concerned, the bank's management has no single idea of what's the history or nature of the deposit. They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward. This is the situation. This bank has tried a lot to track this man's family; they have investigated for months and have found no family. This investigation has come to an end. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you please let me know.I plead that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer or percentage share is of no appeal to you,please let me know because of the time frame available of the said funds being confiscated, but please do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal to you. You may not know this but people like me 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 now, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move and fast, because such opportunities only come ones' way and probably once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny. 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 my family with new opportunities. There is no risk whatsoever as all the paperwork,my position as a Branch Operations Manager with Rabo bank guarantee the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested in this lucrative role, I urge you to indicate to that effect. Upon your response, if favorable, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant information that will help you get full understanding of the transaction. Yours Faithfully, Mr. Anthony Jansen Branch Operations Manager.