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From: "adel mohamed" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 11:15:07 +0000
Subject: From: Mohamed Adel El Sanhoury
From: Mohamed Adel El Sanhoury
General Manager, UBE.
United Bank of Egypt.
106, Kasr El-Aini st,
Po box 85 Magles El-Shaab
Cairo center building
Telex: 20060/20061 ube un
Date:1st February, 2006
Compliments of the season
I am the manager United Bank of Egypt (UBE). in my bank I discovered
an abandoned sum of $33.3usd (thirty three million three hundred
thousand U.S.dollars only) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customer, by name, Mr. Bob Robert Chapman, African area
director for Wycliffe bible translators international, who died along
with his wife,Ruth Chapman, in January 2000 in a Kenyan plane crash in
the coast of Abidjan,Ivory coast.
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
next of kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release
it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the
deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin died along with
him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is
therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make business with you
and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation of the
deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming
forit and I don't want this money to go into federal government account
as unclaimed bill.The banking law and the guidelines here stipulates
that if such money remained unclaimed after six years the money will be
transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is
occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and an
Egyptian cannot stand as next of kin for a foreigner. It is agreed that
a certain percentage of this money will be for you as my foreign
partner.Thereafter I will visit your country for disbursement according
to the percentage agreed.
Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of the fund to you as
arranged. you must apply first to the bank as a relation or next of kin
of the deceased indicating your bank account number and location
wherein the money will be remitted.
Upon receipt of your reply I will send to you the text of the
As soon as you receive this letter, you should contact me through my
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Mohamed Adel El Sanhoury
General Manager, UBE.
Note: all transactions will be through email as calls are strictly
monitored down hear in the complex.