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From: "F.Adeola" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 10:55:18 -0400
Subject: Nearest relation to late Engr.Nick Erwin
FEMI ADEOLA CHAMBERS, LLB,LLM.
LEGAL PRACTITIONER AND PUBLIC NOTARY &
HIGH COURT REPRESENTATIVE
SUITE 202 OMEGA PLAZA, APAPA
LAGOS - NIGERIA.
It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a surprise. This is because we have not met before but i am inspired to sending you this email by the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to the two of us.
However, I am Femi Adeola , the personal Attorney to the late Engr.Nick Michael Erwin, may his soul rest in Perfect piece. He used to work with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria. On the 21st of April 2001, my client, his wife And their son were involved in a car accident along Sagamu/Lagos Express Road. Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, since then I have made several enquiries to several Embassies to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail. Then I have to contact you to assist me in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about US$11.5 Million has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin/ relatives so that the fund left will be transferred/release or the account will be confiscated within the next twenty official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for some years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$11.5Million can be paid to you and then you and I can share this money. 60% to me and 35% to you, while 5% should be map out for expenses or tax as your Government may require.
All I require is your honest and co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
I will want you to send to me on your return email the following information for the transfer in your favor.
1, Your full Name,
2, Your contact Address
3, Your private phone, Mobile and fax numbers for easy communicating.
4, Your occupation
5, Your age.
I await for your kind response, please if you are interested and capable in handling this deal with me, Do get back to me ASAP with the information.
Note that the nature of this deal very confidential.
Barrister Femi Adeola.(Esq)