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From: Richards Clark <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 16 May 2006 10:53:33 -0000
Subject: Urgent,How Is Life Over There
BARRISTER RICHARD CLARK,
DON RICHARD CLARK CHAMBERS,
ANTHONY VILLAGE V/ISLAND,
I am barrister richard clark, a legal practitioner, I am the personal
attorney to late Mr Michael (CEO), who used to work with Chevron Nigeria
limited,here in Nigeria. On the 27th of January 2002, my client, his
wife and their three children were involved in Ikeja bomb blast here in
my country. My client and his family unfortunately lost there lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients
extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
unsuccessful attempts, I decided and do some research in the internet,
to locate any member of his family. Hence I contacted you.I have
contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money and property left behind
by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by
the bank where these huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the Acess
Bank of Nigeria Plc, Lagos Branch where my client deposited 20.95million
The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the
Account confiscated within the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4
Years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued at 20.95million US
dollars can be transferred to your account there in your country,then
you and me can share the money. I have all necessary legal documents that
back up the claim we may make. All I require is your honest co-
operation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please indicate your
readiness to assist me,so that all the informations about this funds will
be passed to you immediately.You should send to me your full names and
your private telephone numbers for easy communications.And also assure
me of your trust and remember that the trust in business is
confidentiality.So let it be only between me and you.If you give me your full
coperation and this transaction is properly executed,I am prepared to give
you 40% of the total sum for your kind assistance.50% will be for me and
10% percent will be for any expences we may incure along in this
transaction.Please get in touch with me by my private email below to enable
us discuss further.
Thank you very much for your understanding.
PLEASE VIEW THESE WEBSITES BELOW TO CONFIRM WHAT I AM
TELLING YOU AND GET BACK TO ME.