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From: "azem usa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 19:12:55 +0000
Subject: THANKS FOR YOUR KINDNESS
THANKS FOR YOUR KINDNESS
FROM THE DESK OF:
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANGER OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
REPUBLIC OF BURKINA FASO.
Greetings, How are you today and business in your country? I am DR AZEM
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANGER OF THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.
I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential
and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of
this mail. I contacted you independently of our investigation and no one
of this communication. I would like to intimate you with certain facts
that I believe would be of interest to you. I know you would be wondering
I am writing you with a request such as this but I only urge you to read
In November 1999, an iraq Oil consultant/contractor with the Burkina faso
Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr. Ahmed ali made a numbered time
(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty
Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification
to his forwarding address in America and IRAQ but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract
employers, the IRAQ Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. AHEMD ALI
died from an airplane crash. The bank immediately launched an investigation
into possible surviving next of kin to alert about the situation and also
to come forward to claim his estate. If you are familiar with private banking
affairs, those who patronize our services usually prefer anonymity, but
also some levels of detachment from conventional processes. 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 also gives the choice to depositors of having their
mail sent to them or held at the bank itself, ensuring that there are no
traces 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 wills in our care, in this case; MR AHMED ALI
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.
This sum of US$30,000,000.00 has since been sitting in my Bank and
the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of
each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.
According to the Laws of Republic of BURKINA FASO, at the expiration of
years, the money will revert to the ownership of the BURKINA FASO Government
if nobody applies to claim the funds. What I wish to relate to you will
smack of unethical practice but I want you to understand something. It is
only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of
banking world aberrational. The world of banking especially is fraught
with huge rewards for those who occupy certain offices and oversee certain
portfolios. You should have begun by now to put together the general
direction of what I propose. There is US$30,000,000.00 deposited in my
bank, I alone have the deposit details and they will release the deposit
to no one unless evidence of relationship with the deceased, which I shall
provide you with, is presented. I alone know of the existence of this
deposit for as far as Export and Industry bank is concerned, the bank's
management has no single idea of what's the history or nature of the deposit.
They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party
comes forward. This is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts
money trying to track this man's family; they have investigated for months
and have found no family. The investigation has come to an end.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand
in as the next of kin to Mr.AHMED ALI so that the fruits of this old
will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.
Acting in this capacity really is simple, all you have to do is provide
your full names and address so that I can appoint an attorney here in BURKINA
prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in
place as the next of kin. We shall employ the services of an attorney for
drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary
authentication, approval and a letter of probate/administration in your
favour for the transfer to be done. A bank account in any part of the
world that you then provide me with will then facilitate the transfer of
money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid
into your account for us to share 80/20.
I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find
no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that
you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to
you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy
career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this
but people like myself who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations
run the whole private banking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do,
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' way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me
by, for once I find myself in total control of my destiny.This is my chance
and i wont let it pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if
you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but
do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide
my family with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and
it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the
only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting
There is no risk whatsoever as all the paperwork for this transaction will
be done by the attorney and my position as the BILL AND EXCHANGE Manager
the successful execution of this transaction. Your position as a foreigner
also makes it easier for me to transfer the funds into the account you provide
for this purpose.If you are interested in this lucrative role, I urge you
to indicate to that effect. Upon your response, if favourable, I shall then
provide you with more details and relevant information that will help you
get full understanding of the transaction. I will appreciate it if you send
me yourfull names, confidential telephone and fax numbers for easier communication.
If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through this email
address. If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards
a conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via official
channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. Contact me only
through the numbers I will provide for you and also through this email address.
I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are
not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level
of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy. Please
observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family
man; I have a wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure
of fear as to what the consequences may be, 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. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord,
we should plan a meeting, soon.
In closing, please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that
this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall
require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Upon receiving
your reply, I will then furnish you with a more comprehensive detail of
this transaction and what is required of you.
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Mr. AZEM USMAN
NB: Please respond to my email address above.
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