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From: "Jomo kanga" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 11:21:25 +0000
Subject: PARTNERS IN PROGRESS
MR. JOMO KANGA
9TH FLOOR,HEERENGRACHT TOWER,
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.
My name is Mr Jomo Kanga (an accountant) with
a commercial bank,Johannesbrug, South Africa. I came to know
about you in my private search for a reliable person/company to
handle a confidential transaction on behalf of my Colleagues and
myself.As a matter of fact, I got your information from the
Johannesburg Export Promotion Council.
On June 6, 1999, a foreign Oil consultant/contractor
with the South Africa Mining Corporation, Mr. Morris Thompson
made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months,
valued at US$15,000,000.00 (fifteen million United
States Dollars) in my branch.Upon maturity, I sent a routine
notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month,we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employers,the South Africa Mining Corporation that
Mr. Morris Thompson unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash
of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000,
including his wife and only daughter leaving nobody to claim the money.
You shall read more news about the crash on visiting this
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.
Morris Thompson did not declare any kin or relations in all his
official documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$15,000,000.00 (fifteen million United States Dollars)
is still sitting in my Bank and the interest
is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each
year.No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to South
Africa Law, at the expiration of 6 (Six) years, the money will
revert to the ownership of the South Africa Government if nobody
applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to
stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Morris Thompson so that the fruits of
this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government
officials. If there is more delay in moving this money out, this money will
pushed to the Treasury of the Federal Republic of South Africa. I am willing
share this money with you in the ratio of 65 - 30%. You shall have 30% of
the funds and I and my partners shall share the rest 65%. the remaining 5%
is to take care of any expenses incurred in this transaction. such expenses
as telephone calls, fax messages, tax, travelling expenses etc
i can assure you that there is no risk involved in this deal and i shall
provide all the necessary legal documents required for you to claim
the fund. i have in my possession, the deposit certificate, deposit
codes which you will require to lay claim on the fund.
If you are interested in this deal please send me your full names,
address, company name/occupation, private telephone and fax numbers,
Awaiting your urgent reply via my personal emails: firstname.lastname@example.org,