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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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From: "Akin Williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 22:49:32 +0000
Subject: BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
I am an accountant with GRAND BANK AFRICA PLC ., My name is Mr. AKIN
WILLIAMS.I am the Personal Account officer to Engineer. Andrew Wilson, a
National of your country, who is a contractor with the DEPARTMENT OF
PETROLEUM RESOURCES,VICTORIA ISLAND LAGOS. Herein after shall be referred to
as my client On 30 JAN 2000,my client, his wife and their three children
were involved in the Kenya Airways flight with registration number 5Y-BEN
which departed from Nairobi to estination Lagos and all the passengers
on-board and the flight crew, including his family died in this fatal
aircrash on 30 JAN 2000.Since then I have made several inquiries to your
embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name
over the Internet, to locate ! any member of his family hence I contacted
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and propertyleft
behind by my client before they getconfiscated or declared unserviceable by
the bank where these huge deposits were lodged,particularly the GRAND BANK
AFRICA PLC ,.Where the deceased had an account valued at
about ($10 Million US Dollars) has issued me a notice to provide the next of
kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years
now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased
so that the proceeds of this account valued at ($10 Million US Dollars) can
be paid to you and then you and I can share the money 50% to me and 40% to
you. While 10% for unforeseen bottle necks we might incure in this
transaction an attorney will be contracted to help us revalidate and
notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used!to back up any
claim we may make.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
through.Iguarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you and I from any breach of the law.
I will be looking forward to hearing from you.
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