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The Spam Report: Day #105: "Gooday From Dr. Nonaka Takashi,"

By Adam Schrager, aschrager@wisctv.com
Published On: Mar 19 2014 11:33:42 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 11:46:17 AM CDT
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MY DESK: MADISON -

There is so much good stuff in the notes below that I have to share.

Ok, so I, like most of you, get a lot of spam email... some of which I respond to (a practice my IT people frown upon and I don't recommend). However, I can't help myself sometimes.

So, I got this note from "Dr. Nonaka Takashi," who besides having a lengthy title as the "Head of Internal Audit Group, Deputy President,Executive Officer and Director of Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. in Japan also promised me a "lucrative business proposal."

You all know I'm a sucker for those. Free money lures me in faster than a burger, fries and milkshake special and as my kids and my waistline know, I love milkshakes.

You'll see below his original plea to me in an email with the subject line, "Waiting to hear from you." I responded with a simple, "What are you proposing?" with my full station signature that clearly identifies me as an "Investigative Producer/Reporter."

His full response is good stuff. I call it the kitchen sink approach to scamming. Throw everything at your potential victim (e.g. subject from war-torn areas like Iraq/Syria, intrigue like dying with no next of kin, $30 million in oil money or guilt-free loot, addressing your fear of a scam right on by writing this is how they do business in the banking world and my personal favorite, the guilt trip).

I know this is a lot to take in, but the personal plea, the guilt trip, is galling. Here it is in full: "I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discharge this mail and forget I ever contacted you, I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve my proposal. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by. For once I find myself in total control of my destiny. This chance won pass me by and please do not let me miss my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank.  If you give me positive signals, I will give you the relevant modus operandi to initiate this process towards a successful conclusion. I am counting on your anticipated co-operation for a successful and hitch free business transaction between us, which will be mutually beneficial to both of us."

Enjoy the full email exchange below and just hit delete.

Adam

-----Original Message-----

From: nanaka takashi [mailto:nonakat.taka@aol.jp]
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:58 AM
Subject: Waiting to hear from you.

Waiting to hear from you.

I am Dr. Nonaka Takashi, (Head of Internal Audit Group, Deputy President,Executive Officer and Director of Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd), Japan.

I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you;it involves the transfer of a large sum of money from my bank here in Japan.

I got your reference in my search for someone who suits my proposed business relationship in your country`s Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in working with me, contact me through my private email; ( nonakakt@aol.jp ) for further details.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Nonaka Takashi

E-mail:  nonakakt@aol.jp

-----Original Message-----
From: Adam Schrager
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:34 PM
To: 'nonakakt@aol.jp'
Subject: RE: Waiting to hear from you.

What are you proposing?

Adam Schrager

News 3 Investigative Producer/Reporter

WISC-TV, Madison, Wisconsin

aschrager@wisctv.com

608-520-2185 (cell)

608-277-5182 (desk)

Twitter: @aschrager

Facebook: Adam Schrager

From: Nonakak Takashi [mailto:nonakakt@aol.jp]
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:55 AM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: Re: Gooday From Dr. Nonaka Takashi,

Details From Dr. Nonaka Takashi,

Thanks you for considering my proposal. I contacted you concerning a deceased customer, (whose name is withhold for now) and who was a crude oil merchant in Iraq and Libya based on his profile and, an investment he placed under our banks management. Once again I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of this information. I got your contact through my search for someone who suits my proposed business relationship from your country`s internet chambers registration and I am contacting you independently 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 June 2009, our customer came to our bank to engage in business discussion with our private banking division. He informed us that he had a financial portfolio of 29.7 million United States dollars, which he wished to have us turn over (invest) on his behalf. I was the officer assigned to his file because of his high net worth profile; I made numerous suggestions in line with my duties as the de-facto chief Director 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. Based on my advised, we spun the money around various opportunities and made attractive margins for our first year of operation, the accrued profit, capital and interest stood at this point at 30,294,000 million United States dollars, this margin was not the full potential of the fund but he desired low risk guaranteed returns on investments.

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 even gives the choice to depositors of having their mail sent to them or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no trace 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 WILL in our care, in this case; our now deceased client died intestate. 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 quite clear now that our dear client died with no known or identifiable family member.

This leaves me as the only person with the full picture of what the prevailing situation in relation to the portfolio and the late beneficiary of the deposit. According to our practice, the Private banking sector will by the second quarter of this year broadcast a request for statement of claim to Board of Directors (BOD) of Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd, failing to receive viable claim will reverts the deposit to the management of Central Bank of Japan. This will result to the money entering the Central Bank of Japan security vault and the portfolio will be out of my hands and out of the private banking division. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration of four {4} years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Japan Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. This will not happen if I have my way.

What I wish to relate to you will smack off 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 sit upon certain chairs and oversee certain portfolios. You should have begun by now to put together the general direction of what I propose. There is US$30,294,000 deposit just lying unclaimed.

My proposal; I am prepared to furnish the necessary details to you as the closest surviving business partner. I am also proposing that after successful execution of the business deal and the money is in your account, the funds be disbursed in the ratio of 45/50/5. This means; 45% of the funds will go to you for offering yourself as the heir/close business associate and providing a foreign online account especially an offshore online account that has Same International Telex Type Codes with my Bank for safe transfer and 50% will be for me and my associates in the bank and, the reminder 5% will be use as part of our obligation to support Charity Organization in any country of our choice. You are going to carry out this mission which I proposed to make sure that the 5% of the total money gets to the charities. I always support Charitable Organization and my family has a long tradition of philanthropy, starting with my late father and now myself.  From the very beginning, our philanthropy was concerned with ensuring equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups across the Japan. Other areas of support will include Medical Health Care and Housing for the less privileged people/Motherless Children and by the grace of almighty God, we will also supports charities that work to advance equality and civil rights in all over the World.

Please let me know in your next correspondence if the above sharing ratio is okay by you because we can fine-tune this based on our interaction in case you have any problem with it. Following the master plan for this deal I am looking at a bank OR security company in Europe that has transaction understanding with my bank as first point of transfer to put off eyebrows that may be raised or to avoid unnecessary questioning.

I am aware of the consequences of this proposal.  Once more, I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discharge this mail and forget I ever contacted you, I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve my proposal. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by. For once I find myself in total control of my destiny. This chance won pass me by and please do not let me miss my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new opportunities. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank.  If you give me positive signals, I will give you the relevant modus operandi to initiate this process towards a successful conclusion. I am counting on your anticipated co-operation for a successful and hitch free business transaction between us, which will be mutually beneficial to both of us.

I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients and please, do not betray my confidence. 

I await your response urgently,

Sincerely,

Dr. Nonaka Takashi.

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