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From: "Bright Duru" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 02:56:13 +0100
Subject: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE............
I cannot imagine the surprise this will bring to you, but please be rest assured is with good faith and intentions from a friend in dare need of your assistance to help us transfer the inheritance sum of US$20,000,000 (Twenty Million U.S Dollars) into your account or company's account, in which God will bless you for rendering a helping hand to others.
My name is Mr. Bright Duru, and I work with First Atlantic Merchant Bank in Accra Ghana and I am writing in respect of Mr.Choi, Soohyun a customer who perished in a plane crash [Korean Air Flight 801] with the whole passengers aboard on August 6, 1997. Below is the website of the plane crash,
Since the demise of this our customer, I personally have been watching with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of US$20,000,000, which has been with my company for a very long time. On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin as no one has come up to be the next of kin.
For your efforts, I am prepared to offer you 30% of the total sum while 5% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the course of this transaction, 5% for the less Privileged in the society and the remaining 60% is for me and my Partners.
Please note that this transaction is risk-free and the major thing I ask of you is to assure me the safety of the money when transferred to your account. Further Information and arrangement will commence as soon as trust, Confidence and good relationship is established.
I shall be most grateful if you maintain the confidentiality required In this transaction. Do not hesitate to contact me for further Directives to enable us commence towards the conclusion of this transaction.
Thanks and God bless as i await your earliest response in this regard.
For convenience please respond to this mail using my direct personal
email address: email@example.com
Mr. Bright Duru
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