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From: "barr kabongo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 18:10:50 +0000
Subject: PRIVATE AND URGENT
FROM THE DESK OF ( BARR KABONGO)AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT
REMITTANCE DEPT. BANK OF AFRICA (B O A)OUAGADOUGOU -BF
REQUEST FOR THE URGENT TRANSFER OF THE SUM OF 10.5 MILLION
DOLLARS(US$10.5million ) ONLY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.
You may be surprise to receive this message from me since you don't
person, but for the purpose of introduction., I got your impressive
information through an international business equiry .
But I respectfully insist you read crefully as I am optimistic it will
doors for unimaginable
financial reward for both us. This business transaction might not fall
the wide spectrum of your business activities ,but I plead your
your flair for profitable business
is needed .
Permit me to introduce myself. I am BARR KABONGO. the Manager
auditing and accounting unit at the foreign remittance department of
AFRICA In My department I discovered an abandoned sum of$ 10.5m US
10.5 MILLIONS US dollars) . In an
account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with
entire family in november 2002 in a plane crash.
Since I got information about his death, I have been expecting his next
to come over and claim his money because wecannot release it unless
applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased anindicated
banking guidelines but unfortunately I learnt that all his supposed
kin or relation died alongside with him at the planecrash leaving
behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my
department now decided to make businness proposal to you and release
to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I dont want
money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.
The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money
unclamed after five years, the money will be transfered into the Bank
as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is
bythe fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot
as next of kin to a foreigner. I agree that 30 % of this money will
you as foreign partner, inrespect to the provision of a
foreign account, 10 %will be set aside for expenses incured during the
business and 60 % would be for me .
There after I will visit your country with my family for disbursement
according to the percentages indicated.
Therefore to enable the immediate trnansfer of this fund to you as
you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the
indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private
and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where
money will be remitted .
On your acceptance, I will send to the text of application by fax or
which you are going to apply to the bank ; and provide materials
references and inquiries regarding payment formalities from the payment
Agency. I willbe handling official
protocols here and expect you to undertake international
am assuring you of a risk free transaction provided you display
Therefore, if you are willing and interested to render the needed
endeavor to reply through my email address ALTERNATIVE ADDRESS BELOW
Thanking you in anticipation of your kind
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