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From: "john_edward01" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 20:20:30 +0000
Subject: TREAT VERY CONFIDENTIAL & URGENT RESPONSES(ADB)
FROM THE DESK OF JOHN EDWARD.
BANK OF AFRICA( B.O.A)
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.
I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of bank of africa( B.O.A).In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of US$30m dollars (THIRTY MILLION US DOLLARS) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign
customer (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany) who died along with his entire family in November 2000 in a plane crash. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THIS SITE BELOW
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless some body applies for it
as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking gildings and laws but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to
you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the bank
treasury as unclaimed bill.
The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after six years, the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The
request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. I agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the provision of a foreign account , 10% will
be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 60% would be for me Thereafter, I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentage indicated
Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be remitted.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application .
I will not fail to bring to your notice this transaction is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the
You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER
BANK OF AFRICA( B.O.A).