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From: "Hassan Usman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2006 10:04:26 -0500
Subject: CONTACT ME
I am DR. HASSAN USMAN Bank Manager of UNION Bank of Nigeria, Lagos
Branch. I have urgent and very
confidential business proposition for you.
On June 6, 1999, a FOREIGN Oil consultant/contractor
with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr.
Barry Kelly made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for
twelve calendar months, valued at US$25,000,000.00
(Twenty- five Million Dollars) in my branch.
Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his
forwarding address but got no reply. After a month,
we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employers, the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation that Mr. Barry Kelly died from an
On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a
WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Barry
Kelly did not declare any kin or relations in all his official
documents, including his
Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$25,000,000.00 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 Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 10 (ten) years, the
revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if
nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as
an Foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.
Barry Kelly so that the fruits of this old man's labor
will not get into the use of some corrupt arms purchase that can
further enhance war in africa.
This is simple, I will like you to provide
immediately your full names and address so that the
Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of
kin. We shall employ the service of an Attorney for
drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain
the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your
favor for the transfer.
A bank account in any part of the world, which you
will provide, will then facilitate the transfer of
this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The
money will be paid into your account for us to share
in the ratio of 70% for me and 20% for you.10% Will be for re-enbursement of
expences on my part and yours,that may be incured during the transfer of the
funds,and also for tax when the funds arrive your country.
There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this
transaction will be done by the Attorney and my
position as the Branch Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are
interested, please reply immediately via the private
email address below.
Upon your response, I shall then
provide you with more details that will help you understand the
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest
assured that this transaction would be most profitable
for both of us because I shall require your assistance
to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply. Via the following email :
Thanks and regards.
DR. HASSAN USMAN
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