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From: "bode george" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 01:33:40 +0100
Subject: URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL PLEASE [LEIGH]
FROM THE DESK OF BODE GEORGE CHATTERED ACCOUNTANT,
7/8 KOFI ABAYOMI VICTORIA ISLAND.
Account Manager OF CENTRE POINT BANK OF NIGERIA
TELL ; +234-1-477-6564
My name is Mr.Bode George I work in the credit and accounts department of Centre Point Bank of Nigeria Plc,Lagos, Nigeria. I write you in respect of a foreign customer with our bank, before his sudden death. His name is Mr.Alam ,A leigh, He was among those who died in a plane crash here in Nigeria in the year 2002 May 4th,involving The BAC 111-500 belonging to EAS AIRLINES, Which the Pilot, 7 Crew Members and 65 Passengers on board unfortunately lost their lives.
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Since the demise of this our customer, Mr.Alam A. leigh who was an oil merchant/contractor, I have kept a close watch of the deposit records and accounts and since then no body has come to claim the money in this a/c as next of kin to the late Engineer.He had only $12.5mllion in his a/c and the a/c is coded. It is only an insider that could produce the code or password of the Deposit particulars. As it stands now, there is nobody in that position to produce the needed information other than my very self considering my position in the bank as his account officer.
Based on the reason that nobody has come forward to claim the deposit as next of kin,I hereby ask for your cooperation in using your name as the next of kin to the deceased to send these funds out to a foreign offshore bank a/c for mutual sharing between myself and you. At this point I am the only one with the information because I have removed the deposit file from the safe. By this doing,what is required of you is to send an application laying claims of the deposit as next of kin to the deceased officially to the director of our bank.
I will need your full NAME AND ADDRESS,TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER,YOUR AGE AND OCCUPATION for the processing of the transfer in your name and favour. Finally i want you to understand that the request for a foreigneras the next of kin is Occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and for that reason alone a Nigerian cannot represent as next of kin.
When you contact me,then we shall discuss on how the money will be split between us,as soon as you response back to me. Trusting to hear from you,
I remain Respectfully yours,
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