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From: "ladi Rotimi Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 10:55:54 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY
--BARRISTER LADI WILLIMAS (CHAMBERS)
102 TINUBU-SQUARE LAGOS
REPULIC OF NIGERIA.
RE: NEXT OF KIN TO MY LATE CLIENT.Dear One,Compliment of the day,I am Barrister Ladi Williams,a legal Solicitor. I was the Personal Attorney and legal adviser to Mr.James, a national of your country.who used to work with Mobil oil Company here in Nigeria.On the 7th of April 2004, my client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident along Badagery Express Road,all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my client's 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 to no avail, hence I contacted you I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get impounded by the bank.Particularly,Ecobank Nigeria Plc. where the deceased had deposited the fund valued at about Fifteen million, five hundred thousand united states dollars($Us.15.5million).The bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated/impounded before the next one year.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over a year now, I seek for your consent to present you as the next to the deceased therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.
I have all necessary formation and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.All I require from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please contact me immediately to enable us discuss further.
Barrister Ladi Williams.