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From: "Kofi Lucas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 18:29:08 +0000
Subject: NEED FOR YOU
Greetings to you, before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this
letter is no a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious.
This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a
day that people meet and become great friends and business partners. My name
is Lucas Kofi, the present branch Manager of a bank here in Ghana.
I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you with
the information I am about to reveal to you. Like I said, I have a
transaction that will benefit both of us, as your assistance is required as
I use to head the Accounts department in my bank head office, but last
December I was asked to take the position of a Manager of our branch in
Kumasi who passed on, so that was how I became the present Manager and
discovered a fortune.
As I resumed duty, I discovered an account with total sum of
USD$16,500,000(SIXTEEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAS); that has not
been operated on for the past 4 years. From my investigation, I found out
that this account belongs to one Late Mr. ANDREAS SCHRANNER a German great
industrialist and a resident of Munich, who unfortunately lost his life
along with his entire families in the plane crash of CONCORDE AIRLINE
[Flight AF4590 ] which crashed on 25TH JULY, 2000.
You shall read more news about the crash on visiting this site, which I got
during my Investigation;http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm.
The account is escrow call account, a secret type of account in my bank and
no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the
account has no other
I have kept a close monitoring of the account since then and nobody has come
forward to ask about the money as next of kin to the late Mr. Andreas
Schranner, meaning that no one is aware of the account. I cannot directly
take out this money without the help of a foreigner and that is why I am
contacting you for an assistance to claim the funds and share it
As the Manager of my bank branch, I have the power to influence the release
of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the next of kin to the
account, with the correct information concerning the account, which I shall
give you. I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the next of kin
to the account, so that my bank head quarters will release the funds to you.
There is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to share
the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied.
Contact me as soon as you receive this message; if you feel we can work
together, so we can go over the details.
Thanking you in advance and may God bless you. Please, treat with utmost
I wait your urgent response.
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