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From: "JAMES MAYAKI" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 18:30:16 +0000
This mail will definitely be coming to you as a surprise,but i must crave
your indulgence to introduce myself to you,I am Mr. James Mayaki of bill and
exchange at the foreign remittance department of Premier International Bank
of Nigeria. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of US$10.5M USD
in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer (MR. George Raid
from Munich, Germany) who died along with his entire family in July 2000 in
a plane crash.
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Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines and law, but unfortunately we learnt
that all his supposed next of kin died alongside with him at the plane crash
leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business
proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin to the
deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for
it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed
The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after fours years, the money will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner.
We will discuss other details as we progress. thereafter, I will visit your
country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated. Therefore,
to enable the immediate transfer of this fund,you must apply first to the
bank as next of kin of the deceased indicating to the bank that you want
your cousin's fund to be trasnferred to your bank account.You will also
include private telephone and fax number for easy and effective
communication and location where the money will be remitted.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you the text of the application
.However,I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is
hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fear as all arrangements
have been made for success.
Trusting to hearing from you soon. Reply through my private email address
Mr. James Mayaki.