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From: "John Fred" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 11:05:06 +0000
Subject: URGENT RESPOND NEEDED
FROM THE DESK OF BARRISTER JOHN FRED & ASSOCIATES
44, KOFO ABAYOMI AVENUE,
VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS - NIGERIA.
I am Barrister John Fred, a Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney to
Mr.Steve Camille, who used to work with Chevron Oil Development Company in
Nigeria.On the 21st of April, 2002, him and his wife, three children were
involved in a car accident along Abuja Express Road. Unfortunately, they all
lost their lives in the event of the accident.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my
client relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to
locate any member of his family but to no avail,hence, I contacted you to
assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client in Guarantee Trust
Bank. Particularly, the Guarantee Trust Bank where the deceased deposited
the US$15 Million (Fifteen Million United States Dollars only).
Consequently, the Guarantee Trust Bank issued me a notice to provide the
Next of Kin to claim the US$15 Million (Fifteen Million United States
Dollars only) in their custody .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 to claim the fund as the Next of Kin to him so
that the fund will be transferred to your account by the Guarantee Trust
Upon receipt of the fund, I will come over to your country to meet with you
for the disbursement of the fund and then you and I will share the money in
this order: 55% will be for me which I will invest on Estate Business and
lucrative area of investment in your country,40% will be for you, while 5%
will be used on expenses incurred. I have all the necessary legal documents
that can back our claim we may make with the Guarantee Trust Bank.
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 All I require is your honest
co-operation to enable us see this deal through. Please, get in touch with
me via email with the following informations.
1, Your full name and address.
2, Your private telephone and fax numbers.
3, Your occupation.
4, Your sex age.
Barrister John Fred (Esq).