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From: "donald pognon" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2006 23:56:51 +0100
Subject: Kindly Get Back To Me.
>FROM MR DONALD POGNON
DIRECTOR INCHARGE OF
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT,
Pleasure writing to you at this moment of the day, I am Mr Donald Pognon.,
the director incharge of auditing and accounting Unit of Continental Bank in
Cotonou-Benin Republic. I and my colleagues deem it fit to contact you
regarding to a transaction that will favour both of us at the end, and i got
your contact in my search for a reputable and reliable person to help me
claim the fund in question.
We discovered the sum of eight million one hundred thousand United States
Dollars (USD8.1M) belonging to a deceased customer of this bank. The fund
has been lying in a suspence account without anybody coming to put claim
over the money since the account owner late Mr. Mohamed Mohd from libanon,
who was involved in the December 25th Benin plane crash. Here is the air
The said fund is now ready for transfer to a foriegn account whose owner
will be portrayed as the beneficiary and next of kin to the deceased
customer of the bank.
The foriegn account owner will impost himself as the next of kin to the
deceased and respond positively like a true next of kin who wishes to speed
up the release and transfer of his inherited fund. If the over due fund if
not claimed by the end of next quarter, the government of the Federal
Republic of Benin will take over the ownership of the fund in line with the
Federal Edict Act of 1979. We do not want the government to take over the
ownership of this money, that is why I contacted you for us to do the deal
together, so that we will portray you as the bonafide next of kin to the
deceased whose name is Mr. Mohamed mohd.
If you accept to carry out this project with us, we will offer you 30% of
the total sum, while I and my colleagues involved will take 70% of the total
sum. Upon your acceptance to do this deal with us, we will jointly effect
the transfer within eight working days.
Be rest assured that, this transaction carries no risk and no extra
responssibilities on your part, except the above mentioned roles and
normally you will be required to maintain absolute information and absolute
secrecy throughout the duration of this transaction, because discussing it
with a third party might jeopardise the entire transaction.
I am looking forward to receiving your interesting response on this project
as this will greatly enrich the both of us at the end.
My regards to you and your family.
Mr Donald Pognon.
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