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From: "musa usman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 15:06:38 +0000
Subject: REPLY ASAP.
Mr Musa Usman.,
UNION BANK NIGERIA PLC,
STALLION PLAZA LGS.
Compliment of the day and how is life general with you? Of course it is my
humble wish to solicit and crave your indulgence to make this project
request for a joint business transaction which I hope will not
come to you as a surprise, hence I plead for your pardon.
I am Mr Funso Usman,the Auditing and Accounting Unit,Foreign Operations
Department Union Bank Of Nig,
PLC. I have an urgent and confidential business proposal for you.On June 6,
2000, an Australlian oil consultant/contractor with via National Petroleum
cooperation (NNPC) Late Engr. Steve Moore made a
numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calenderer month valued at
US$15.500.000.00(Fiften Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) in my
On maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got
no reply after months we send a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employee (Nigeria national petroleum Corporation) that Late
Engr.Steve Moore died from an automobile accident. On further investigation,
it was clear that he died without making a will. All attempts by the spanish
to trace his next of kin were fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Late Engr. Steve
Moore did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official
documents including his deposit document in my bank. The total sum of
US$15,500,000.00 is still in my bank as dormant acct. No one will ever come
forward to claim it.
According to Nigerian banking law, after seven years, the money will revert
to the ownership of the Nigerian Government. If the account owner is
certified death and nobody comes forward to claim it.
This is the situation ,and my proposal is that I am looking for a foreigner
who will stand in as the beneficiary/next of kin. This is simple. All you
have to do is to immediately send me the details of a bank account anywhere
in the world for me to arrange the proper money transfer document. The money
will then be transferred into the account for us to share in the ration of
60% for me 30% for you while the remaining 10% will be set aside for
expenses incurred within here and there.
There is no risk involved. I am using my position and connection in the bank
here to do all the document work for the transaction. We shall employ the
services of an attorney to draft the will and obtain all necessary documents
and letter of administration in your fovour for the transfer. This
transaction is risk free guaranteed. If you are interested, please reply
immediately confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction could
be most profitable for both of us.
Please do not expose this deal if you are not interested because if you do,
it will take me out ofseat.
I am awaiting your urgent reply.
Mr Musa Usman.
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