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From: "Jerry Victor" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 13:04:09 +0000
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED
Jerry & ASSOCIATES CHAMBERS
# 12 ISAAC JOHN STREET
IKEJA, LAGOS - NIGERIA.
I crave your indulgience for the unsolicited nature of this letter, but it was borne out of desperation and current development. Please bear with me. I am Barrister Jerry Victor a solicitor at law. I was the Personal attorney to Mr. Ricky Jan, a national of your country, who worked with an oil servicing company here in Nigeria. Herein after shall be referred to as my client.
On the 21st of November, 2002,my client, his wife and their two Children were involved in a car accident along sagbama express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. I know that my client had no living kin but I went ahead and made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my client's extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful.
I only did so to be double sure of this fact. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged, particularly the Standard Bank Nigeria Ltd is where the deceased had an account valued at about 18 million dollars.
This account will be confiscated after three years if not claimed and We have just about one month. 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 since you have the same last name with him, so that the proceeds of this amount valued US$18 million dollars can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 30% shall be for you and 65% for me while 5% is earmarked for expenses that will be incurred during the process of Transfer of the fund. I have all 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.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me by my e-mail to enable us discuss further.You may also send your phone number so that I can call you.
I look forward to your urgent response.
Best regards ,
Barrister Jerry Victor