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Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 08:20:40 -0400
Subject: Your Urgent Response
Compliment of the day
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE
First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by
virtue of its nature as being CONFIDENTIAL and TOP SECRET. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive but I am assuring that all will be well at the end of the day.We have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction,as we have reliably informed of your honesty and ability in a transaction of this nature. Let me first start by introducing myself properly to you.
I am Bumi Wilson, an account officer with a Bank,Lagos Nigeria.I came
to know of you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person
to handle this confidential transaction, which involves the transfer of
a huge sum of money to a foreign account.
THE PROPOSITION: A foreigner, Late Engineer Mr. Tom A. Andrew, an Oil
Merchant/Contractor with the federal government of Nigeria, until his
death a some time ago in an air crash, banked with us and had a closing
balance as at the end of September, 2000 worth USD15.5m (Fifteen
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollar) which the bank now
expects a next of kin to claim as beneficiary. Valuable efforts have been made by the Bank, to get intouch with any of his immediate family or relatives but there has been no success.
It is because of the perceived possibility of not being able to locate
any Late his next-of-kin (he had no wife nor children that is known to
the bank).That the management under the influence of our Managing
Director Chairman,Board of Directors, Eddy Madu, requested that arrangement be made for the funds to be declared "UNCLAIMABLE" and to be subsequently donated to the trust fund for arms /ammunitions to further enhance the course of war in Africa and the world in general.
In order to prevent this, some of my trusted colleagues and I, now seek
your permission to have you stand as his next-of-kin so that the fund
USD15.5m would be released and paid into your account as the beneficiary (next-of-kin).
All documents to enable you get this fund will be carefully worked out.
This proposal is 100% risk-free. We have agreed that the fund be shared
thus, after it must have been transferred into your account.
1) 30% of the money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the
2) 10% will be set aside for reimbursement to both parties for any
incidental expenses that may be incurred in the course of the fund
3) 60% to us the originators of the transaction. If this proposal is
acceptable to you, then take
advantage of the trust we have bestowed on you and your company and
kindly get to me immediately.
Please, furnish me with your most confidential telephone, fax and
mobile numbers. Also your exclusive Bank Account particulars will be
required so that I can use the information to apply for the release and
subsequent transfer of the funds into your account.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-peration.
NOTE: Please get back to me ONLY on my alternative