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From: "jamesakubia1" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 08:26:59 +0000
Subject: From Barrister James to You Dear Friend!!!
BARRISTER JAMES AKUBIA
JAMES CHAMBERS(Solicitors & Advocates)
Compliments of the season. I am writing following an oppurtunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us.
I am the personal attorney to Late Mr. Morris Thompson an American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter.
You shall read more about the crash on visiting this site.http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/
My late client currently have the sum of Seventeen Million United States Dollars (US$17,000,000:00) in an account in a Finance company. The finance company has recently issued me a notice to provide the next of kin to deceased to come forward and claim the fund or have the US$17,000,000:00 confiscated.
Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful.
I hereby seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that the US$17M can be paid to you as the next of kin beneficiary because they cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in the
banking guidelines. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money remained after five years the money will be transferred into Government treasury as unclaimed funds.
40% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while the balance will be for me and my partners in the Finance company who will assist us in processing the claims. I will visit your country for the disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this money gets into your account. Please be honest to me and trust is our watchword in this
transaction.Note this transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you receive this mail you should contact me by return mail.
Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you has been finalised. We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response. Please reply back with all your contact particulars such as your address, telephone and fax numbers so that I can give you a call to explain better.
Barrister James Akubia.