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From: "Kadin De souza" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 10:25:18 +0100
Subject: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
MR KADIN DE SOUZA
COTONOU BENIN WEST AFRICA
I am Mr. Kadin De Souza , credit officer of a Bank Here In Cotonou Benin
I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.In June,
2000, a German property consultant and importer of used cars ,Mr Andreas
Schranner made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months,
valued at US$30,000,000.00(Thirty Million United States Dollarsonly) in my
branch. It was to our utter suprise that we heard of his death, wife and
children in an AF4590 plane crash in July 2000. See website below:
On further investigation,I found out that he died without making a WILL, and
hitherto, all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. Mr Andreas
Schranner was residing at No 1 Rue de Avenida, G.R.A.ouagoudougou, Burkina
Faso.& Qartier jack,Cotonou Benin where he had an office
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr Andreas
Schranner did not declare any kin or relations in all his official
documents, including his
Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is still
sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal
sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.
According to Laws of West Africa, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the
money will be declared frozen and forfeited to the Benin Government if
nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in
as the next of kin or business partner to Mr Andreas Schranner so that the
fruits of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names
,address,phone and fax numbers so that I can prepare the necessary documents
that will put you in place as the next of kin or business partner.
Your role in the transaction is to send an application for claim of the
funds to our bank. Then, as a top official of the bank, I shall work
behind-the-scene to make sure that your
application is approved by the management of the bank, and the funds
your nominated bank account.
Please note that there is no iota of risks at all as all the paperwork for
this transaction will be done legitimately and with my positions as top
officials of the bank i would ensure a successful execution of this
transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately to my
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy
You should observe utmost CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECRECY in this
transaction,and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable
both of us because I will require your assistance to invest my share in your
PLEASE REPLY TO THE ADDRESS BELOW email@example.com
I look forward to your prompt response.
Thanks and regards.
MR. KADIN DE SOUZA
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