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From: "Julliet Abams" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 17:37:39 +0000
Subject: STRICTLY PERSONAL
FROM THE DESK OF:
MRS JULLIET ABRAMS
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.
I am MRS JULLIET ABRAMS, credit officer of African Development Bank. I have
an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.
In June, 1999, a German property consultant and importer of used cars ,Mr
Andreas Schranner made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar
months, valued at US$35,000,000.00(Thirty five Million United States Dollars
only) in my branch. It was to our utter suprise that we heard of his death,
wife and children in an AF4590 plane crash in July 2000. See website below:
On further investigation,I found out that he died without making a WILL, and
hitherto, all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. Mr Andreas
Schranner was residing at No 1 Rue de Avenida, G.R.A. Cotonou, Benin
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr Andreas
Schranner did not declare any kin or relations in all his official
documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of
US$35,000,000.00 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 Laws of Benin, at the expiration of 8
(EIGHT) years, the money will be declared frozen and forfeited to the Benin
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 or business partner to Mr Andreas Schranner so that the
fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt
government officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately
your full names and address,phone and fax numbers so that the attorney will
prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as
the next of kin or business partner. I have two of my colleagues who are top
officials of the bank involved in this transaction. Your role in the
transaction is to send an application for claim of the funds to our bank.
Then, as top officials of the bank, we shall work behind-the-scene to make
sure that your application is approved by the management of the bank, and
the funds transfered to your nominated bank account.
Please note that there is no iota of risks at all as all the paperwork for
this transaction will be done legitimately and with our positions as top
officials of the bank would ensure a successful execution of this
transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately to my email
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy
You should observe utmost CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECRECY in this transaction,
and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of
us because I will require your assistance to invest my share in your
I look forward to your prompt response.
Thanks and regards.
Mrs Julliet Abrams
Direct Line: 00229 97 07 14 19