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From: "Mr Godwin Elisha" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2006 16:00:25 -0700
Subject: Urgent response
I am Mr Godwin Elisha, i am an accountant with the Bank of Africa.(BOA), Dakar Senegal Branch.
I am very sorry if this is an inconvinience in any way, just that i need you to see me through with this transfer.
This business request may seem strange, but I crave your indulgence and pray you view it seriously as
I am convinced that you would be capable to provide me with a solution to a money transfer.
On June 16, 2000, a German property magnate Mr. Andrea Schranner made a numbered time (fixed)
deposit for twelve calendar months,valued at US$12,500,000.00(Twelve Million Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars )in my branch upon maturity. I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers
(the Petroleum Corporation) that Mr. Andrea Schranner died in an air crash with his family.
On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a will and attempts to trace
his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that
Mr. Andrea Schranner did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents,
including his bank deposit paperwork. This sum of US$12,500,000.00 and the interest is being
rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to
claim it .According to african law, at the expiration of five years, the money will revert to the
ownership of the Senegalese Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin
to Mr. Andrea Schranner.
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full name and address so that
the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in
place as the next of kin.We shall employ the service of two attorneys for the drafting and
notarization of the will and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate
administration in your favour for the transfer into any bank account in any part of the
world which you will provide.We will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as
the beneficiary/next of kin.The money will be paid into your account for us to share in
ratio of 40% for me and 40% for you and 10 % will be set aside for expenses incured
during the business , while the other 10% will go to charity organisation. There is no risk
at all,the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as
an accountant in the bank with the help of the branch Manager guarantees the successful
execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private
email address below, upon your responses, I shall provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction.
Please observe utmost confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction would
be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Please upon the receipt of this mail message, send to me the following to enable me start the
processing of the fund transfer into your bank account:
1.) Your full name and address,
2.) Your company name and address if any,.
3.) Your private / official telephone and fax number.
Awaiting your Urgent Reply via my private email: email@example.com and
call me for discussions in regards on my personal telephone number on +2215545692.
Thanks and God bless.
Mr Godwin Elisha
BANK OF AFRICA (BOA)
Tele : +2215545692