Japanese Sumo Bank Goes Belly Up

The following email may sound like it is some sort of update on the current financial crises that the world finds itself in but is, in fact a hoax.


Update on Banking crisis… news from Japan

Following the problems in the sub-prime lending market in America and the run on HBOS in the UK, uncertainty has now hit Japan.

In the last 7 hours Origami Bank has folded, Sumo Bank has gone belly up and Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches. Yesterday, it was announced that Karaoke Bank is up for sale and will likely go for a song, while today shares in Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.

Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks, Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black. Furthermore, 500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop and analysts report that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal.

If you didn’t realise on first reading then look again, as the names of the banks and the associated descriptions of what happened to them should prove to be a big clue that this email is intended to be a humorous exercise.

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  1. “Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black”


  2. I just love the pic for this one. Cool 🙂

  3. Oh that’s good, you have a great sense of humor, or at least a good eye for finding it.


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