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From: MR JOHN OKAFOR <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 10:54:26 -0500
I am making this contact with you in good faith. I am working with the Access Bank Plc, Apapa Branch Lagos. My purpose of writing you is to ask for your assistance for the transfer of US$17.7 million (Seventeen Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). For your information, there is one Japanese/American business merchant based here in Nigeria. He deals on Crude Petroleum and Scrab Metals and big investment in Fishing Industry. His name is Mr. Toshio Kuzito. He was the owner of Kuzito Fisheries Nig. Ltd, located at No.125 Ilupeju Industrial Estate, Lagos. Though this company has now been taken over and renamed by the Government of Nigeria because nobody came for this company after the death of Mr. Toshio Kuzito, the government is not aware of his deposit account with our bank . This man died in an Auto Crash here in Nigeria. He was banking with my bank and Im his Account Officer. However, since the death of Mr. Toshio, I have been trying to locate any of his relatives to let his people know
about his money in our bank but I did not receive any response. Now the Management of our bank has decided to remit this fund in the Government Reserve Account for ammunition importation in my country if nobody should come for the claim from now till the end of the year. Ammunition importation is not a good development because it encourages war all over the world. To the above effect, I have decided to link anybody to stand as Mr. Toshios relative / next of kin in order to claim this money since nobody knew about it. Note that there is no risk involved in this transaction, as I will give you all information you may need about Mr. Toshio and his banking relationships with my branch to enable you stand as his next of kin to receive this money in your account. I have also arranged an Attorney ( Lawyer) that would process the claim and obtain Letter of Administration that would legitimize your claim to the money as the next of kin of late Mr. Toshio Kuzito. This transaction will go through normal banking proc
ess. I will direct you on how to apply for the claims of this money. Please if you are interested and capable to carry out this deal with me, contact me immediately. I will send you a specimen letter you will write to our head office for this claim. I dont know you too well before now only that I contacted you in good faith believing God that you will not betray the trust I reposed in you by running away with the fund if it enters your account. Note that we shall conclude this transaction within 3weeks upon your compliance in applying for the claims to our Head Office as I will direct you. $5.5million shall be your share after we conclude this transaction. Be duly informed that I will be resigning from banking work to come over to your place for sharing of the money after the transfer of this fund to your account. I will then engage myself in international business with your assistance and advice since I will have enough money for any kind of business investment in your country after this transaction. Im
waiting for your urgent response. Best regards, MR JOHN OKAFOR