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From: =?iso-8859-1?q?tom=20bello?= <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 10:55:36 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: GOOD NEWS
Jeg har en ny e-mail-adresse!Nu kan du e-maile mig på: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the desk of:
Owena bank ltd
Please reply to this my private
I am Mr.Tom Bello,Bank Manager of Owena bank ltd, Lagos Branch.I got your
contact from the world trade center (WTC) Regional office in
lagos,Nigeria.Although the details of my intention was not made known to
Actually,I listed your name amongst four other names & prayed over them <br>
decided to contact you directly.I have a very urgent & confidential
bussiness proposition for you & for our overall mutual interest. On june 6th
1997,an merican oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation Mr Barry Kelly made a numbered time(fixed) deposit for
twelve calendar months,valued at SD$25,000,000.00(twenty five million
dollars) in my branch.Upon maturity,i sent a routine notification to his
forwarded address but got no reply.After a month we sent a reminder,<br>
finally we discovered from his contract employers NNPC,that Mr.Barry died in
an automobile accident.On further investigation,i found out that he did not
leave a WILL & all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation & discovered that Mr.Barry did not
declare any next of kin in all his official documents,including his bank
This sum USD$25,000,000.00 is still floating in the bank and the interest is
being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.No one will
come forward to claim it.According to Nigerian Laws, At the expiration of
7th years,the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian government
if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently,my proposal is that i
will like you as a foreigner to stand in as a next of kin of Mr Barry
Kelly.This is simple.
1)I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names & address
so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents & affidavits,which
will put you as next of kin.
(2)We shall employ the services of two attorneys for drafting & notarization
of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of
probate/administration in your favour for the transfer.
3)A bank account in any part of the world,which you will provide to
facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary.The money
will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me
and 40% for you.There is no risk at all as the attorney and my position will
do the paperwork for this transaction as the branch manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction.
If you are interested,please reply immediately via this private emai
ddress:((email@example.com) Upon your response,I shall then provide you
with more details and relevant documents that will help you
understand.PLEASE OBSERVE UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY,and be rest assured that
this would be most profitable for both of us because i shall require your
assistance to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply via this email above,please save me the anxiety
of endless waiting,God bless you.
Owena bank ltd.
Please reply to this my private
- tom bello