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From: "Mr. Ali Raza Khan." <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 19:33:28 -0700
Subject: GREETINGS IN GOOD FAITH
Greetings from Dubai,
This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become
great friends and business partners. I am Mr. Ali Raza Khan, currently Head of Coporate affairs with a
reputable bank here in U. A. E. I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you
with the information I am about to reveal to you.
I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On November 6, 2000, an Iraqi Foreign
Oil consultant/contractor with the CHEVRON PETROLEUM CORPORATION, MR. jack farrer powell made a (Fixed deposit)
for 36 calendar months, valued at US$17,500,000.00 (Seventeen Million Five hundred Thousand Dollars only) in my
bank and I happen to be his account officer before I was moved to my present position recently. Upon maturity in
2003,as his account officer and as well the bank manger, it is my duty to notify him on the maturity date so I sent
a routine notification to his forwarding address but the letter was returned undelivered.
After sometime, I tried sending back the letter,but it was again returned and finally I discovered from his contract
employers, Chevron Petroleum Corporation that Mr.jack farrer powell died as a result of torture in the hand of
Saddam Hussein (former Iraqi President) during one of his trips to his country Iraq, as he was accused of leaking
information to the Americans. On further investigation, I discovered that Mr. jack farrer powell family wife and two
sons died during the Gulf War in Iraq and was the reason why he did not declare any next of kin or relation in all his
official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank and did not leave any WILL.This sum of
US$17,500,000.00 have been floating and placed under dormant/unserviceable account by my bank management since no one
have heard from the owner since 2003.I wish to let you know that all the investigation I have made so far, my bank
management is not aware of it, I am the only one that have the information.
With the recent change of government in my country and with their efforts to support the United Nations in
checkmating terrorism aid in the U. A. E. By end of this year, the government will pass a new financial
control law which will give the government authority to interrogate account owners of above $5,000,000.00
to explain the source of the funds, making sure it is not for terrorism support.If I do not move this
money out of the country immediately, by end of the year the government will definitely confiscate the
money, because my bank cannot provide the account owner to explain the source of the money.
I cannot directly transfer out this money without the help of a foreigner and that is why I am contacting
you for an assistance. As the Account Officer to late jack farrer powell , coupled with my present position and
status in the bank as Head of Retail Banking Group, I have the power to influence the release of the funds
to any foreigner that comes up as the next of kin to the account, with the correct information concerning
the account, which I shall give you. All documents to enable you claim this fund will be carefully worked
out and there is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of law, beside U. A. E is porous and anything goes.
If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to share the funds in percentage, so that both parties
will be satisfied. If you are interested, contact me as soon as you receive this message so we can go over the details.
Thanking you in advance and may God bless you. Please, treat with utmost confidentiality . I shall send you copy of the
deposit certificate issued to Al Nasser when the deposit was made for your perusal. I wait your urgent response at my
confidential email id at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mr. Ali Raza Khan.