Good news! It appears that I am about to reap a considerable financial windfall. At least, this is my understanding on the basis of an email I received today, addressed "Dear Friend." Apparently one of my relatives passed on and left me a multi-million-dollar fortune! Oddly enough, I never knew about this relation; what's even stranger is that he was Taiwanese, and I am of Scottish ancestry.
The attorney who was kind enough to track me down is clearly an ethical professional. Not only did he take the trouble to find me, but he goes out of his way to say, "I want you to know that I never master minded the death of the deceased fellow." That's good to know. I'm not sure I'd want to do business with a lawyer who killed his own client - although where a payoff of "$16.8 million United States Dollars" is concerned, I might be willing to take my chances!
You may be cynical enough to think that this email is not on the up-and-up. But the attorney, Mr. John W. Wilo, has anticipated your concern by including a link to a CNN story about the plane crash that took his client's life. This is obviously proof that everything he is telling me is true.
Now, I know what you're thinking, but don't worry - I'm not going to blow all my newfound wealth on some reckless impulse purchase, like a Learjet. I plan to invest it wisely and live off the interest and dividends.
Do you think Mr. John W. Wilo can assist me in finding a reputable financial planner?
From John W. Wilo.
Wilo & Associates, Legal practitioners.
I am Mr. John W. Wilo, a solicitor at law and a personal attorney to Late MR SHEU YUAN-DONG my client. My client, Mr.Sheu Yuan-dong unfortunately lost his live with his wife and their only daughter on February 16, 1998 in a plane crash. He has $16.8 million United States Dollars with EcoBank here in Lome, Togo.The fund has been dormant in his account with this Bank without anybody available to claim this fund.
Mr. SHEU YUAN-DONG, my client was the Governor of Taiwan Central (Reserve) Bank untill his death. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful hence I contacted you to assist me in securing this money left behind by my client with the EcoBank Lome Togo before it gets confiscated by the bank authority. The Director of the Ecobank contacted me on Friday 15-08-2004 and asked that I as the attorney to late MR SHEU YUAN-DONG should present either his cousin or his next of kin so that they will release and transfer the fund left in their custody to them.
Ever since, I have made several attempts to locate any of his cousins or next of kin so that they will come forward to put in claims to the said fund but unfortunately, I discovered that in all his files with my chambers and at the bank, he never mentioned having any relatives except his only late wife and daughter.
After several and unsuccessful attempts to trace any of his relatives, I decided to track his last name over the internet in search of his cousins hence I contacted you. One fact remains clear, that anybody I present to the bank as his next of kin, shall inherit the fund and it is based on this fact that I ask you to get back to me immediately so that we both will discuss on terms of partnership in this issue so that I will forward your name to the bank as his legiitimate next of kin and beneficiary to the fund .
Be advised that this transaction is 100% risk-free as this transaction will remain sealed for life at the conclusion which will not take more than five banking days. I want you to know that I never master minded the death of the deceased fellow. Please visit this website: http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9802/16/taiwan.crash.update2/
For your information, being a Tawanees or not will not pose any problem for the successful transfer of this fund to your account.
I await your immediate response so that I will give you a more detail information as regards to this transaction.
Mr. John W. Wilo.