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From: John Gray <JohnGray1@hotpop.com> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 00:38:21 +0200
Please permit me to introduce myself, I am John Gray, head of Mortgage department, Royal Bank of Scotland, Liverpool Commercial Banking Centre, 1st Floor 1 Exchange Flags Liverpool L2 3XN, England.
Am introducing you into a project which would need funds to execute and I have made a feasibility study on how much we need to carryout this project, I found out that it will cost about $35,000.00 U.S Dollars. Please do not panic as I have made arrangements for an investor in the United States to help us out,do kindly write back if you are still interested in my brief explanations which is as follows;
Only recently I discovered that one account belonging to Ms. Fiona Watts now DECEASED has remained dormant for the past two years, after intensive investigations, I found out that Late Ms. Fiona Watts died in a ghastly auto accident in June, 2002.
At this point I am contacting you concerning a business acquaintance that will necessitates you to act as a new beneficiary cum next of kin to the said dormant account as I hope to give you more technical details on how i think we should transfer the funds into your nominated
offshore/residence account. Please I need you to help me with your personal details such as Full names, home/office address, phone and fax numbers respectively, you can also reach me on +44 703 194 4854 or mail back @ JohnGray1@HotPOP.com should you be interested.
PLEASE, YOU MAY ALSO IGNORE THIS LETTER AND RESPECT MY TRUST IN YOU BY NOT EXPOSING THIS TRANSACTION, SHOULD YOU NOT BE INTERESTED.
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