I just received this letter from Malaysia - in the actual MAIL, with a stamp and a postmark and everything !!

“DEAR MR. XXXXXX X XXXXXX,”

“I am Paul Vellu Tang, an Indian Malaysian married to Mrs. Ng Vellu Tang, a Malaysian indigene, we have been married for seventeen years now, and we have three kids. I am one of the Staff in Treasury & Investment department of CIMB Bank here in MALAYSIA and my wife is the assistant Vault Manager in the same bank.”

“I have a business proposal of which I believe will be a very good opportunity for both of us hence I decided to contact you on this business deal in our bank, the deal is that we discovered an abandoned sum of US$121,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty One Million United States Dollars) in our safety Islamic Banking deposit vault that belongs to the Former Iraqi President, Mr. Saddam Hussein one of our foreign customers, he died on 30th December 2006 by hanging. He deposited this fund with our bank in somebody’s name who is from your country and with the same surname with your own name, so since you have the same surname and from the same country, you can easily make this deal with us, we have the entire secret information’s of this deposit which will help you to claim this money as the beneficiary. It is upon this discovery that we decided to make this business proposal to you and we do not want this money to go into the banks treasury as unclaimed funds or declared to the Government of Malaysia, once this is done the Government of Malaysia will confiscate the funds, which is not good for both of us. We agreed that 30% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to your acceptance to do this deal with us, while 70% would be for me and some other top bank officials that are involved.”

…blah blah blah… “I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is a risk free that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made perfectly….” blah blah blah…

“Please, kindly send to me via my below fax number your telephone numbers, your cell phone number, your house telephone number and your private fax number for easy communication. I will call you as soon as I receive your fax with your full information.”

“Thanks and God Bless.”

“Yours sincerely,”
“Mr. Paul Vellu Tang”

Now, I don't think it's suspicious at all that Saddam Hussein would deposit over a hundred million dollars into a Malaysian account, in the name of an American with a very uncommon Irish surname. But the idea that a Malaysian bank employee would do something dishonest just seems fishy to me.

Anybody know if there's a handy law enforcement agency I should forward this to?

And - what's with the FAX??? Is this 1988, or what?