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From: "Mr. Joe Pius" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 21:15:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: REPLY NOW.
>From Mr.Joe Pius.
Address: 15 Kings Road,
London N14 4HG
Occupations: External Auditor
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics although, I wish to use this medium to get in touch with you first because it's fastest means. I am Joe Pius an external auditor of a well known bank here in the United Kingdom.
In one of our peroidic auditing I discorverd a dormant accounts with holding balance of 15,000,000 (Fifteen Million British Pounds) which has not been operated for the past three years. From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account, a foreigner by name Mr.Larry .B.Wilson died in plane crash in July 19,2003 and since then nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money because he has no family members who are aware of the existence of neither the account nor the funds.
I have secretly discussed this matter with a top senior minister official of the federal ministry of finance here and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with us although due to his possition he did not want to take active part but as soon as you follow my instructions everything will be successfull because we will be woking hand to hand with him.
please send your private telephone number and also including the details of the account to be used for the Transfer will be as follows:
Swift Code Number:
We thus propose to do business with you,standing in as the next of kin of these funds from the deceased and after due legal processes have been followed the fund will be released to your account without delay and we will use it for investment and to assist the less privelaged in the society because if we left the fund with the government it will be fortified for nothing and will be used to suppress the poor masses in the society.
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act.Finally, I will give you 35% for your coporation, 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during this process. On receipt of your response I will furnish you with detailed clarification as it relates to this mutual benefit transaction. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible if you are interested to help me out in this matter that hand.
Please reply to my private e-mail address,email@example.com
Mr. Joe Pius.