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From: "aliko_ dangote26" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 01:50:56 +0000
Subject: EXTREMLY URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL.
FROM THE DESK OF MR ALIKO DANGOTE.
AUDITIN AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER,
BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A)
I am the AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER BANK OF
AFRICA (B.O.A) here in Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso. In my department we
discovered an abandoned sum of US$12.5m dollars(TWELVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND US DOLLARS)in
an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer(MR.ANDREAS SCHRANNER
from Munich,Germany) who died along with his entire family in Jully 2000 in
a plane crash
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THIS SITE BELLOW
Since we got information about his death,we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
some body apply for it as the next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidlings and laws but unfortunately we learnt that
all his supposed next of kin or relation died along side with him at the
plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this
business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or
relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody
is coming for
it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed
The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after five years, the money will
be transfered into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request for a
foreigner as the next of kin in this business is occassioned by the fact
that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as the next
of kin to a foreigner.
I agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the
provision of a foriegn account,10% will be set aside for expenses incurred
during the business and 60% would be for me.
Thereafter,I will visit your country for sharing according to the percentage
Therefore,to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you
arranged,you must apply first to the bank as a relation or next of kin of
the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your
private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and
location where the money will be remitted.Upon receipt of your reply, I will
send to you by fax or email the text of the application.
Furthermore,I would not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction
is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all
required arrangements have been made for the transfer.You should contact me
immediately as soon as you receive this letter.When writing back to me i
need all the following informations from you:
2.YOUR MARITAL STATUS.
4.ARE YOU READY TO KEEP THE TRANSACTION AS TOP SECRET AS I DO NOT WANT THIS
TRANSCATION TO DENT MY IMAGE???
5.DO YOU HAVE A SOUND FINANCIAL CAPABILITY TO HANDLE THIS TANSACTION AS THIS
TRANSACTION WOULDINVOLVE SOME MONEY FOR THE PROCEDURES???
6.WOULD YOU ASSURE ME THAT YOU WOULD NOT BETRAY ME AT THE END OF THIS
TRANSACTION AND BESIDES WHEN THE MONEY HITS INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.
In your next mail you should include your private telephone and fax number
and endeavour to call me with the above indicated private telephone line as
indicated above.Your immediate response shall be most appreciated as the
urgency of the transfer implies that we don't have enough time again
to excute this transaction.
Waiting to hear from you soonest.
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