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From: "Chief Sam Nuako" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 19:20:57 +0000
Subject: From Sam Nuako-Pls Reply
In order to understand very well this letter;I would appreciate if you can take two minutes and read this websites.
<http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/> and <http://www.nativefederation.org/history/people/mThompson.html>
Having done full planning on the maturation of this project, I am happy to invite you to a profitable business collaboration. My name is Chief San Nuako, I was a personal adviser on internal affairs matters to the late president Eyadama of Togo (1998-20002) and currently Head/Personnel Abwell Consultants, Lome-Togo.I was one of the people assigned to invite foreign delegates to the burial ceremony of the late president on the 13th of March 2005.
We were given a list of invitees to choose from.This list came with the profiles of people and their contributions to the government of Togo.This is were I saw the name Mr.Morris Thompson 61 years,of Fairbanks, Alaska .In 1999 Mr Thompson came to Togo on the invitation of President Eyadema. During this visit he made contacts with trade organisations,Togo chamber of commerce and talks with some bank executives and promised to invest in this country. As one of the people who welcomed him to Togo in 1999, I had an opportunity of discussing with him on his investment planes and he confidently told me that he has made a USD15m deposit in one of our local banks for this plan.
This however,was never talked about and I left my political post in 2002. So I was surprised when once again I came across his name on the list of invitees. On a personal impose I called the bank manager of the local bank to ask if he did invest on this deposit and was confidently told that the fund is still in the banks vaults.On further enquiry the manager told me that normally banks wait until seven years to worry about a deposit in their care and so far Mr Thompson has neither written nor made any claims to this deposit.
This became worrisome as the invitation card sent to his address was returned unclaimed.On further enquiry I was told by the Alaska council that Mr Thompson died with his whole family on the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 of January 31st 2000.What a pity!.
I have discussed privately with the bank manager and he has agreed to effect a transfer of this fund to any account you can provide.We have agreed to share it at a ration of 70 to 30 on both sides if you are ready to work with us to see this fund moved. The seven years banking time on such funds is almost at hand and the bank will be forced to confiscate this fund to the government treasury if no beneficiary comes.
Let me know if we can discuss this further.
Mr Sam Nuako.