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From: Patrick Radebe <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 01:39:42 +0800 (CST)
Subject: CAN YOU ASSIST US PLEASE ?
FROM THE DESK OF MR.PATRICK RADEBE
I am a staff member of one the leading bank in South Africa.I am contacting you based on an opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us . In my department we discovered an abandoned large sum of money belonging to one of our foreign Client, that opened account in this Bank in 1996 and since late 2000 nobody has operated this account and the rules and regulations of the banking field is that when account is dormant for over 7 years the money will be return to the government treasury, so after going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited to the Government.
The owner of this account is Mr.Gerald Welsh, a foreigner from U.S.A. He was a contractor/consultant to Krugrer Mining (SA) INC a South African government owned Mining Company. He was a geologist by profession and he died since 31st Oct 1999. He died in an air crash along with his family (wife and only daughter) 31st Oct 1999 Egyptian airline Flight 990 with other passengers on board.
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No other person know about this account or anything concerning it. The account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me that his company does not know anything about this account and the amount in it is Seventeen Million Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($17.4 million USD). I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local Bank here but can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in US Dollars and the owner of the account is foreigner
Our constraint is to be able to source an honest and trustworthy individual, to whom we can remit these funds and act as trustee pending our coming over, since our period of disengagement from the civil service is near, so we are presently affected by the South Africa civil service code of conduct laws that prohibits civil servants from operating private foreign accounts. I have the authority of my partners in office to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this project, your share as compensation will be approximately Four Million Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand united States Dollars being Twenty-Five Percent (25%) while my colleagues and I, will receive Twelve Million One Hundred and Eighty Thousand United States Dollars being Seventy Percent (75%) while Five Percent(5%) will be used for miscellaneous expenses like the accumulated taxes, phone bills incured and others levys.
This transaction is one hundred percent risk free provided you treat it with a high level of confidentiality as we are still active in our respective portfolios in office.Furthermore, your area of specialization and country is not a hindrance to the successful execution of this project.
Kindly contact me upon your willingness to assisting us on the email address above.
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