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Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:48:35 +0200
Subject: KEEP AS CONFIDENTIAL
FROM: .MR.WILLIAMS SMITH
TEL +27 83 210 88 73.
KEEP AS CONFIDENTIAL
I am a staff of bank in Africa. I will give you the name of my bank and other important information
if I receive a positive reply from you. For security reasons I cannot disclose my full identity to you now until
I am sure of your cooperation. I work in the operations dept where I serve as account officer to numerous customers.
One of the customers whom I worked as his account officer was a wealthy diamond merchant from neighboring Sierra Leone.
He lost his family in the war. He was lucky to escape alive and came to this country with his wealth intact. Unfortunately
he died last year.
Because this man was good to me when he was alive, I took it uponmyself to travel to his country last month, to see if I could
locate any of his close relations . On reaching there I discovered that his only surviving uncle died a few months back. I sponsored
this trip on my own and nobody in the bank knew I was undertaking the journey so I did not present any official report of my findings in
Now there are two things I could do with regards to the dead mans money. First, as his accounts officer, I could formally notify the bank
authorities that the man is dead and has no next of kin. In this case the money would be forfeited to the government after some time. As a
matter of fact this is the proper thing I am supposed to do.
Another thing I can do is to arrange for someone else, a foreigner, to act as the next of kin of the late man so that he will claim the money.
This is the option that I can do to help anybody and myself since the money actually is public fund due to the fact that my friend was a closelly
to the late brutal military president that looted government treasury and that is why I have chosen to do it. I want you to be my partner. All you
would have to do is act as the next of kin of the dead man and the whole money in the account will be transferred to your account. As the accounts
officer to the late man, I have all the necessary documents that you will require to claim the money in the account.
The total money in the account is USD17 million. Your share will be 30% which is USD5,100,000. My own share will be 69%, which is USD11,730,000. We shall
keep 1% which is USD170,000 for expenses. Reach me immediately by mail so that I can give you further details.Also provide me your direct tel/fax to reach you.