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From: "God good" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 16:46:59 +0100
Subject: FROM BEN AWELE
FROM BEN AWELE
101 PEPPLE CLOSE,
First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue
of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know
that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and
worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day.I
have decided to contact you due to the urgency of thistransaction.
I am Ben Awele(Solicitor). I am the Personal Attorney to Mr. Dan Peters a
foreign national of your country, who used to work with Chevron Oil Company
in Nigeria.On the 21st of April 2001, my client, his wife and their three
children were involved in a car accident along Shagamu Express Road and all
occupants of the vehicleunfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have
made several enquiries to different embassy to locate any of my
clientsextended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives
over the Internet,to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence
I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property
leftbehind by my clientbefore they get confiscated or declared unserviceable
by the Finance House where this huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the Finance House where the deceased had valuable amount of
US$12 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the nextof kin or
have the account confiscated.
And Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2
years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
thedeceased since you are a foreigner as well so that the proceeds of this
account valued US$12 million dollars can be paid to you as his next
of Kin and then you and i can share the money dus:- 40% to you and 55% for
me, while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make, all I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
And I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with
me by my email or telephone to enable us discuss further.
Anticipating your favourable response.
Barrister Ben Awele.
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