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From: "Dr.Peter Chang" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 23:25:30 +0800
Subject: Good Day.
TRANSFER OF ($15,300.000.00 USD} FIFTEEN MILLION THREE
HUNRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
I want to transfer ($15,300.000.00 USD)Fifteen Million Three Hundred United
States Dollars from a Bank here in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia to oversea account.
First,I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction.This is
by virtue of it's nature as being utterly confidential.I am sure and have
confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of
this great magnitude.I solicit your assistance to enable us transfer the
said amount into your account for onward investment.You can either provide
us with an existing account or set up a new Bank account immediately to
receive this funds, even an empty account will accomodate this funds,as long
as you will remain honest to me till the end for this crucial business as I
will be trusting in you and believing that you will never let me down either
now or in future.
I am Dr.Peter Chang a personal account officer to a Deceased great
INDUSTRIALIST who has an account in one of the top banks here in Malaysia.
The account was opened in 1998 and he died in the year 2000 without a
written or oral WILL and since then nobody has operated on this account
nor come forward as the beneficiary.Hence the money is floating and if it
is not remitted out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing since the
bank was sold on Monday,19 September 2005 to another Bank.Currently,the
present management of the bank is now ready to conclude all transactions
before fully handling over to the new management which is an added
advantage to perfect this transaction.The funds will be released to any
foreigner with the accurate information of the account which will be made
known to you immediately you signify your interest to execute this
transaction with me.The owner of this account is a foreigner and no other
person knows about this account or anything concerning it,the account has
no other beneficiary .My investigation through the National immigration
department proved to me as well that he was single as at the point of his
entry into Malaysia.The amount in this account is USD$15.3 Million (Fiteen
Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars )only.As a matter of
fact, I have decided to transfer this fund abroad for investment. Your
assistance as a foreigner is necessary because a local person here can not
be presented as the next of kin to the deceased customer based on the fact
that he was a foreigner and only a foreigner will be welcomed by the
management of the Bank to apply for claims as the beneficiary.
There is no risk in this transaction with my position and my personal
contact with the manager of the bank the money can be transferred to any
account you will provide with assurance that the money will be intact
pending our physical arrival in your Country for division.Importantly,the
transfer of Six Million [$6,000.000] will be initiated,upon success of the
transfer without any disappointment from your side,we shall then re-apply
for the payment of the remaining balance of $9.3 Million into your account.
To enable us forge ahead with this transaction kindly send your preferred
account details where you want the fund to be transferred or you can set up
a new account for the purpose of this transaction, an empty account will
also be suitable.At the conclusion of the transfer 20% will be yours for
your honest committment and positive contributions to enhance the success
of this transaction,and the remaining 80% for me which ,I intend to invest
in any area you deem profitable.
As soon as I hear from you,and upon your strong assurance that you will
not let me down once the fund goes into your account I will then start to
process the transfer of the fund to your account without further delay.
If interested contact me urgently for further details.