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DEAR SIR YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED


From: leolong
Subject: DEAR SIR YOUR URGENT REPLY IS NEEDED
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 15:23:31 -0300

Good day,
 
I am Leopold Longueville, staff of International Private Banking at our Bank. I 
am contacting you concerning a deceased customer and an investment he placed 
under our banks management three years ago. 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 mail.
 
I contacted you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of 
this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts that I 
believe would be of interest to you. In 2000, the subject matter; came to our 
bank to engage in business discussions with our private banking division. He 
informed us that he had a financial portfolio of Thirty two million seven 
hundred thousand united state dollars(32,700,000.00), which he wished to have 
us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his case; I 
made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief 
operations officer of the private banking sector, especially given the volume 
of funds he wished to put into our bank. We met on numerous occasions prior to 
any investments being placed. I encouraged him to consider various growth funds 
with prime ratings. The favored route in my advice to customers is to start by 
assessing data on 6000 traditional stocks and bond managers and 2000 managers 
of alternative investments. Based on my advice, we spun the money around 
various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first months of 
operation, the accrued profit and interest stood at this point at over ten 
million United States Dollars, this margin was not the full potential of the 
fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments.  In mid 2001, 
he asked that the money be liquidated because he needed to make an urgent 
investment requiring cash payments in here in the United Kingdom. He directed 
that I liquidate the funds and deposit it with a security firm here in London. 
 
I informed him that the bank would have to make special arrangements to have 
this done and in order not to circumvent due process, the bank would have to 
make a 9.5 % deduction from the funds to cater for banking and statutory 
charges. He complained about the charges but later came around when I explained 
to him the complexities of the task he was asking of us. Cash movement across 
boarders has become especially strict since the incidents of 9/11. I contacted 
my affiliate here in London and made the funds available to the security firm. 
I undertook all the processes and made sure I followed his precise instructions 
to the letter and had the funds deposited at the London based security 
consultancy firm, Corporate Securities Co. 
Corporate Securities Co is a specialist private firm that accepts deposits from 
high net worth individuals and blue chip corporations that handle valuable 
products or undertake transactions that need immediate access to cash. This 
small and highly private organization is familiar especially to the highly 
placed and well-connected organizations. In line with instructions, the money 
was deposited with Corporate Securities Co. The deceased told me he wanted the 
money there in anticipation of his arrival from Norway later that week. This 
was the last communication we had, this transpired around 25th February 2003.
 
In June last year, we got a call from Corporate Securities Co informing us that 
the activity of that particular portfolio. This was an astounding position as 
far as I was concerned, given the fact that I managed the private banking 
sector I was the only one who knew about the deposit at Corporate Securities 
Co, and I could not understand why the deceased had not come forward to claim 
his deposit. I made futile efforts to locate the deceased in his country, he 
was a Russian business man, A former deputy chief executive if I recall 
correctly and part of the so-called oligarchy.  I immediately passed the task 
of locating him to the internal investigations department of the bank. Four 
days later, information started to trickle in, apparently our client was dead. 
A person who suited his description was declared dead of a heart attack in 
Cannes, South of France.
 
We were soon able to identify the body and cause of death was confirmed. The 
bank immediately launched an investigation into 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 our 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 an account with us means no one will know of its 
existence, accounts are rarely held under a name; depositors use numbers and 
codes to make the accounts anonymous. This bank also gives the choice to 
depositors of having their mail sent to them or held at the bank itself, 
ensuring that there are no traces of the account and as I said, 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; the 
deceased died without a testate.
 
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. We have scanned every continent and used our private investigation 
affiliate companies to get to the root of the problem. It is this investigation 
that resulted in my being furnished with your details as a possible relative of 
the deceased. My official capacity dictates that I am the only party to 
supervise the investigation and the only party to receive the results of the 
investigation. What this means, you being the last batch of names we have 
considered, is that our dear late fellow died with no known or identifiable 
family member. This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what 
the prevailing situation is in relation to the deposit and the late beneficiary 
of the deposit.
 
According to practice, Corporate Securities Co will by the end of this 
financial year broadcast a request for statements of claim to our bank, failing 
to receive viable claims they will most probably revert the deposit back to the 
bank. This will result in the money entering the bank accounting system and the 
portfolio will be out of my hands and out of the private banking division. This 
will not happen if I have my way. 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 private 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. I alone have the deposit details and they will release the 
deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so.
 
I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as the bank is 
concerned, the transaction with our late customer concluded when I sent the 
funds to corporate securities, all outstanding interactions in relation to the 
file are just customer services and due process. Corporate Securities Co, has 
no single idea of what 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 spent great amounts of money trying to 
track this mans family; they have investigated for months and have found no 
family. The investigation has come to an end. My proposal; you share similar 
details to the late fellow; I am prepared to place you in a position to 
instruct Corporate Securities Co to release the deposit to you as the closest 
surviving relation. 
 
Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half. 
That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release 
the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 50/50. I would have gone ahead to ask 
the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a straight line to me 
and my involvement in claiming the deposit. I assure you that I could have the 
deposit released to you within a few days. I will simply inform the bank of the 
final closing of the file relating to the deceased I will then officially 
communicate with Corporate Securities Co and instruct them to release the 
deposit to you. With these two things: all is done. The alternative would be 
for us to have Corporate Securities Co direct the funds to another bank with 
you as account holder. This way there will be no need for you to think of 
receiving the money from Corporate Securities Co. We can fine-tune this based 
on our interactions. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask 
that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. 
I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive.
 
If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever 
contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my 
proposal.
 

I await your response.
 
Leopold Longueville
address@hidden
FAX: 447005805640



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