Tempted? If so, ask yourself why a Director of Operations at a bank in Taiwan would really be writing to someone like you. This is in fact a standard advance fee fraud message, using the name of a real bank and apparently the name of a real person. The actual Mr. Lin has nothing to do with this of course; his name has just been used by the scammers as a way to make the message look legitimate. Note that all the email addresses used are free yahoo.com addresses that anyone can set up — I could sign up as email@example.com and send you a message saying I was President of the United States.
from: Mr. Tsai-Yuan Lin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 7:11 PM
subject: CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL TO YOU !!!
This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am Mr. Tsai-Yuan Lin, Director of Operations and Head Wealth Management Division of Taiwan Business Bank (TBB) Taipei, Taiwan. I got your contact on the internet, while searching for someone that I can go into partnership with.
I have a business proposal of about $18,000,000.00 Million U.S Dollars for you. Should you be interested in working with me on this, do indicate your interest by sending me your full names, phone number and current residential address. I would prefer you reach me via my personal email address:
Once I hear from you, I immediately will provide you with further information on logistics of this proposal.
Mr. Tsai-Yuan Lin.