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Expat wanderer

$5000 From HSBC

As if the poor grammar and spelling weren’t enough to give this scammer away, the line “to reduce the economy meltdown posed on the continent in general” seems overly generous for a bank, especially a bank I don’t have an account with who is willing to give me 5K, LLLOOLLL.

All I have to do is send him my financial particulars – to South Africa? Right? No, no thank you!

HSBC Bank plc.
ATM Card Department
HSBC Tower, 8 Canada Square,
Canary Wharf area of East London UK.

The HSBC Bank with directive from the world bank to release
funds through the ATM VISA CARD to some beneficiaries in
view to reduce the economy meltdown posed on the Continent in

The HSBC Bank London working in relationship with the World
Bank has concluded to issue you a VISA CARD with which you
can access your contract amount 5,000,000.00 USD. This card
center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw
your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the
maximum is FIVE Thousand Five Hundred United States
Dollars($5,500) per day. So if you like to receive your fund in this
way,please let us know by contacting the ATM payment department.

To file for your claim, please contact our ATM Dispatch personnel,
Contact Person: Mr. Dave Walker .
Email: ( )
Tel: +44-703197-9789
and also send the following information as listed below:

1. Full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want them to send the ATM card to (p.o box
not acceptable)
4. Age
5. occupation
6. Nationality
7. country of residence

However for the purpose of proper verification of your Identity,
and other relevant information and release of your HSBC Visa ATM
Card to yo.

NOTE: You are not to reply this sender, you are to reply directly to with all you information for claims.
It is important you contact the office of the Director,
Debit Card Dept for a special payment at the above listed address or
directly reply to this Email.

(c) HSBC BANK 2009.

This message and attachments are subject to a disclaimer. Please refer
to for full
details. / Hierdie boodskap en aanhangsels is aan ‘n vrywaringsklousule
onderhewig. Volledige besonderhede is by beskikbaar.

August 4, 2009 - Posted by | Africa, Crime, Financial Issues |


  1. Wooohooo ! I got an email for half a million bucks in a lottery that I didn’t enter. What am I gonna do with all this money ? 😛

    Comment by Mathai | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  2. Let’s share! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. These are good for a laugh and I’ve had many. What I just don’t get is WHO FALLS FOR THIS? There must be some or they wouldn’t keep doing this.

    Comment by Miss Footloose | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  4. People fall for it every day, Miss Footloose. In the USA, sometimes it has been the particularly religious who get taken. One reason I print them now and then is to keep in in the forefront of people’s attention. I have received some communications which almost fooled me – like from where I bank – and then I went to my bank site and sent them the letters. Not one single one was real, but they LOOKED and sounded very authentic.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  5. How do people fall for these things? True, some of them are convincing but a lot of them are so ridiculous they couldn’t possibly be true. The idea of any bank trying to “reduce the economy meltdown posed on the continent in general” is not only far fetched but so badly written that no one in human resources would ever let it out! Anyway, such a crazy scheme would surely have been in the news.

    Comment by Charlotte Lincoln | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  6. Yes! They are ridiculous! The ones I like best refer to some very real tragedy, and refer you to a news report, as if that dignifies and validates their claim to be some survivor with cash they want to share.

    I think greed and/or desperation take over and color the vision of people who get hooked. But don’t you get a good laugh from some of them, Charlotte?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 5, 2009 | Reply

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