Patrick Chan, HS Bank (scam alert)

This is a typical business-investment scam message, although it is much briefer and more mysterious than usual. It may be that the scammers have come to realize that the long and detailed messages they usually send are now commonly recognized as fraudulent, and they’ve switched to a different strategy. By saying very little, and leaving a lot to the recipient’s imagination, they may be more likely to hook people who are hoping to make it big. All the usual scam hallmarks are here, though: broken English, irregular punctuation, and multiple names and email addresses that don’t match. And ask yourself: why would a banker in Hong Kong really be writing to you?

Subj: Await Your Response. Contact;
Thursday, September 17, 2009 5:20 AM
From: “cheung eric” (

I am mr patrick chan
Director of HS bank Hong kong,
contact for a businessdeal of 12.5m Dollars
contact email:

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