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From: "Andrew Mohl" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 16:46:33 +0100
Subject: Business Proposal
Mr. Andrew Mohl
AMP Bank Limited
Tuesday, 30 May 2006
I am Ms. Michelle Anderson, Director of Asset, Financial Trust Bank Plc, Melbourne Australia, I am writing to bring to your notice that I have the sum of $12,697,542.00 (Roughly Thirteen Million, USD) in a secret account and this money was realised from the sales of the excess evaluation of the company's asset, sometime in October, 2004 by my office.
I want you to help me so that I can deposit this money into your account. If you assist me in moving this funds out of the bank I will give you 30% of the money then I will take 60% while 10% is mapped out for all the sundry expenses including transfer cost. After the transfer I will travel to your country for my share which will basically go for investment in your country. I cannot keep this money in my account because I am not allowed to operate such an amount in my country Australia as an asset manager.
I will be very glad if you will keep this business confidential, if you agree to this proposal, please send your details to this E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> so that my attorney will prepare a document that will guarantee the legitimate source of the funds into your account for an investment purpose
(i) Contact Details: Full name, telephone and fax number
(ii) Account Details including full bank address.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be 100% risk free and most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Thanks in anticipation, as I wait your urgent and positive response.
AMP Bank Limited