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From: ezinwa chukwu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 21:25:57 +0000
Subject: URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL
FROM: MR Ezinwa Chukwu.
COMMERCIAL BANK OF
I am MR Ezinwa Chukwu, the director in charge of auditing and accounting
section of commercial bank of ACARA GHANA in west Africa with due respect
I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very
beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction .During our
investigation and auditing in this bank,
my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased
person who died on november 1997 in a plane crash and the fund has been
dormant in his account with this Bank without any claim of thefund in our
custody either from his family o
relation before our discovery to this development. Although personally,
I keep this information secret within myself and partners to enable the
whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of
execution. The said amount was us$90.4M (ninty million four hundred thausand
united states dollars).
As it may interest you to know, I got your impressive
information through my good friends who works with
chamber of commerce on foreign business relations
here in accra ghana.
It is him who recommended your person to me to be
viable and capable to champion a business of such
magnitude without any problem Meanwhile all the whole
arrangement to put claim overthis fund as the bonafide
next of kin to the deceased,
get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has
been put in place and directives and needed information will be relayed to
you as soon as you indicate your interest andwillingness to assist us and
also benefit your self tothis
great business opportunity.
In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this
country as a civil servant, weare not allowed to operate a foreign account
and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of
transfer because I work in this b
This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who
will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to
the Bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the
money to be re-transferred into on his request as it may beafter due
verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where
the whole money will be remitted from to your own designation bank account.
I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is100% risk free.On
smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will been titled to 30% of the
total sum as gratification,while 10% will be set aside to take care of
expenses that may arise during the ti
me of transfer and also telephone bills, while 60% will be for me and my
Please, you have been adviced to keep top secret as weare still in service
and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with you.I
will be monitoring the whole situation here in thisbank until you confirm
the money in your account.
And ask us to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund
according to percentages previously indicated and further investment, either
inyour country or any country you advice us to invest in.All other necessary
information will be sent
to you when I hear from you.I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible
stating your wish in this deal.
MR Ezinwa Chukwu.
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