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Spam scam and Hong Kong's richest woman

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on April 16, 2007

Nigerian spammers have found a new fortune that they want to share with you. The alleged bonanza comes courtesy of Nina Wang, the eccentric billionaire who was reported to be the richest woman in Asia. Wang, whose husband disappeared mysteriously back in 1990, was the head of the Chinachem Group until her death on April 4. Sure enough, a spam expert I know reports that he’s now received his first solicitation from an insider eager to share her wealth. “Nina Wang’s hardly buried before the scams start up in her name …,” my source writes.

Shockingly enough, the “personal assistant” to Wang is, it turns out, also a plagiarist. The email describes the deceased as “Asia’s richest woman who died of an unspecified illness after reports she had been battling cancer, leaving unanswered questions over her estimated $4.2 billion (2.1 billion Pound) fortune.” That’s just the way Reuters described her in the wire service’s account of her death. Maybe Reuters should sue. Apparently this guy has a lot of money stashed away.

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