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From: "David Morgan" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 06:15:51 -0700
Subject: Re: can i trust you?
Imperial Bank Plc
140 Boeing Road East
Elma Park Edenvale
Republic Of South Africa.
I cant imagine how you will feel receiving a sudden business letter from a
remote country in far away Africa and probably from someone you are not
closely related with. But all the same, I believe we do not need to be of
blood relatives before we can establish cordial/business relationship.
Having said this,I think it is very important at this juncture to introduce
myself to you.
I am Mr.David Morgan, Head: Enterprise Wide Risk and member of the
executive and risk committees of Imperial Bank,South Africa.I got your email
address from the Internet.This is an urgent and very confidential business
On June 6, 2001,a Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the South African
Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Mr.Williams Mitchell made a numbered
time(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
US$26,500,000.00,(Twenty-six Million, five hundred thousand Dollars).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 National Petroleum Corporation that Mr.Williams
Mitchell died from an automobile accident. On further investigation,I found
out that he died without making a "WILL",and all attempts to trace his next
of kin was fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Williams
Mitchell did not declare any kin or relations in all his official
documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$26,500,000.00 has carefully been fixed in my bank for
safekeeping. No one will ever come forward to claim it.According to South
African Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to
the ownership of the 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 owner of the money which was fixed deposited in my bank. I am
writing you because I as a public servant,i cannot operate a foreign
I want to present you as the owner of the funds so you can be able to claim
them with the help of my attorney. This is simple.I will like you to provide
immediately your full names and address so that the Attorney will prepare
the necessary documents which will put you in place as the beneficiary of
the funds. The money will be moved out for us to share in the ratio of 80%
for me and 20% for you. The paperwork for this transaction will be done by
the Attorney If you are interested, please reply immediately via my email
address and Upon your response,I shall then provide you with more details
that will help you understand the transaction.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require
your assistance to invest my share in real estate within your country.
Due to the nature of confidentiality in this Transaction our communication
can only be via email and fax mostly.
Awaiting your urgent reply,
Thanks and my regards.
PLEASE RESPOND TO MY PRIVATE EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org