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Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 11:06:57 +0200
FROM: DR.IDRIS KRUGER
ATTN: DIRECTOR/C.E.O ,
TRANSFER OF ($ 29,500.000.00 USD)
TWENTY NINE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)
We want to transfer to overseas ($$ 29,500.000.00 USD) twenty nine
million Five hundred thousand United States Dollars) from First National Bank South Africa,
I want to ask you to quietly look for a reliable and honest person who
will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account
or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive this money,
even an empty a/c can serve to receive this funds quietly.
I am the Manager of bills and exchange at the Foreign Remittance Department
of the First National Bank of South Africa,
and the accountant/ personal confidant to Dr. Ravindra F. Shah who died together with
his wife Dr.Mrs. Manjula Parikh-Shah in a plane crash on the 1st Oct. 2003 on their way to
attend wedding in Boston.
Mr.Ravindra F. Shah, is an American, a physician and industrialist,
he died last year without having any beneficiary to his assets including his account here in
South Africa which he opened in First National bank in the year 2000 as his
personal savings for the purpose of expansion and development of his company before his untimely death
in 2003. The amount involved is (USD 29,500,000.00) Twenty Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand USD,
no other person knows about this account,
I am contacting you for us to transfer this funds to your account or any reliable person you know as
I want to first transfer $9,500.000.00 (nine million five hundred thousand USD)
from this money into a safe account abroad,
after which we will transfer the remaining (20M) but I don't know any foreigner,
I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local person here,
without valid international foreign passport,
but can only be approved to any foreigner with valid international passport or
drivers license and foreign a/c because the money is in US Dollars and the former owner of the a/c
Mr.Ravindra F. Shah is a foreigner too, and as such the money can only be approved into a foreign a/c.
However, I am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down
in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this business,
so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently.
Send also your private telephone and
fax number including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit.
I need your full co-operation to make this work fine.
Because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of
this account, which I will give to you, upon your positive
response and once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with
instruction of a key bank official who is deeply involved with me in this business.
At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 50% of the total
amount, 50% will be for me, we will bear the working cost together
through the process of transfer to get payment approvals.
I look forward to your earliest reply through this or any of my private
Email and if possible give me a phone call to alert me about your reply.
DR. IDRIS KRUGER (MG.BILLS&EXCHENGE FNB,SA)