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From: "martins ote" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 15:30:10 +0000
Subject: STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
From the desk of:Dr. Martins OteExecutive Director,Mercantile Trust Bank Plc2A, Queens Park View,Ikoyi Lagos.Tel : 23-4802-368-7555Email: email@example.comGood day,Compliment of the season and I hope you had a wonderful Festive Period. I have picked-up the trust and courage to write you this letter with divine confidence that we can both execute this transaction in absolute trust and confidentiality. I am Dr. Martins Ote, The CEO of Mercantile Trust Bank Plc and I write with great pleasure on behalf of the son of the Late Mrs Stella Obasanjo ( First Lady Of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) who lost her life following a plastic surgery at the exclusive Molding Clinic in Marbella, Spain. You shall read more about her death on checking the site below.Mrs Stella Obasanjo banked with us and has a proceed valued at Twenty Eight Million Dollars (USD$28,000,000.00) with our bank before her death and untill this moment the funds is still lying in our bank. After we received the information about her death, we immediately sent for the Next of kin whom happend to be her only son with name Mr. Olumuyiwa Obasanjo and after due deliberation, he suggested that I source for him a reliable and trustworthy person who can help receive the funds abroad on his behalf for a reason best known to him. You are also aware that this is a very huge sum of money and should be professionaly handled so as to avoid attention of the goverment as the necessary informations evidencing this claim is best known to both of us alone.It might as well interest you to know that the protocol division here stipulates that a President Child is forbidden to own or operate a foreign account so as to avoid money laundering and this is the reason we are seeking for your assistance prior to receiving the funds with your Bank account as designated. Also note that am the person acting as his front person in this business, so you will be transacting with me and me alone until the funds has been wired into your Bank account and you have confirm receipt. As you may rightly want to know, I got your address and good credentials from our local chamber of commerce and industry so I beleive I have answered that question.As per the mode of disbursement, we have agreed that 20% of this funds will be for you as the foreign partner,70% will be us while the remaining 10% will be map out for all the necessary expences that will be incured throughout the duration of this transaction. Hence, all we require from you is your Honest co-operation and faithfulness so as to enable us work as one family. After the funds has been transfered into your Bank account, I and the son of the Late first lady will have to come over to your country for our own share of the money or rather a bank-to-bank transaction shall be used to remit our own share of the money into a designated Bank Account.I want you to understand that this business is no money laundering of some sort and it might interest you that it is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facet as I will not involve myself in any business that is infested with illegalities which will not have a proper cover-up when the need arises. I guarantee you that this Business will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law and be further informed that everyones interest and security had been considered before you were contacted, so be rest assured and feel free to go into this transaction with us, but please In the event of your inability to handle this transaction, kindly inform us ASAP so that we can look for another Reliable and trustworthy person who can assist in this Respect.Awaiting your urgent response.Regards,DR. MARTINS OTE
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