My faith in human generosity is restored

stacks of money

| This morning I received a wonderful email from a banker in Cambodia, offering to share with me a big pile of cash left in an account by a rich client who died intestate.

Dear Friend ,

I am Mr Khim Leang and a personal Accountant/Executive board of Directors with Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia (FTB).

it is with good spirit of heart i opened up this great opportunity to you A deceased client of mine that shares almost the same name as yours died as a result of heart-related condition on march 2005.His heart condition was duo to the death of the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26 December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia where they all lost their lives..{More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake_and_tsunami}

There is a draft account opened in my bank in 1999 by a long-time client our bank,a national of your country.he was a CEO/a textile company owner,business man,a miner at kruger mining company here in Cambodia. he was a geologist and consultant to several other mining conglomerates operating in Cambodia,China,Taiwan,Japan,Indonesia,Pakistan,Vietnam all in Asia,before he passed away on 12th march 2005 leaving nobody as the next of kin of his account after his death.

The amount in this account is currently $19,340,000 (Nineteen Million Three Hundred and Forty Thousand United States Dollars) I want to present you as a beneficiary,I will use my position and influence in our bank to make they release this money to you for us to share.If i wait for days and i do not hear from you,I shall look for another person.

Kindly get back to me for more details

Yours sincerely
Mr Khim Leang
Board member
Foreign Trade Bank of Cambodia
Phnom Penh

Imagine! As a board member of the Foreign Trade Bank of Cambody, Mr Leang could easily have decided to pocket all this money for himself. Fortunately for me, his "good spirit of heart" caused him to bestow some of this beneficence on me. His selfless attitude is to be admired greatly. If only more people were so altruistic the world would certainly be a better place.

Now it's true that the offer is a bit vague, inasmuch as the specific sharing ratio is undefined. But for discussion, let's just say it's 50:50. That would mean a windfall of $9,670,000 to me. Oh, what I couldn't do with almost $10 million! Just think how many people I could benefit by paying off their mortgages, say. Why, with that amount I might even be able to buy my very own congressman.

There is, of course, a bit of a moral dilemma involved here, since Mr Leang would "present [me] as a beneficiary" when I am clearly not. Having never been to Cambodia it's fairly certain I don't even know — and have probably never even heard of — this unnamed tycoon. Despite the discomfort of misrepresenting myself, it is clear that the greater good can be achieved by my doing so.

Accordingly, I will surely reply immediately to Mr Leang, providing him with all relevant information for him to effect the release of the money: social security number, bank account number, address, name of my first grade teacher, color of my first car, name of my best friend in grade school, businesses I have been associated with, AGI on my most-recent tax return, etc, etc. There will be no "challenge question" Mr Leang will not be able to answer.

As Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory would say, "Bazinga!"

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018

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