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From: GORGE WILLIAMS <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 16:32:24 -0800 (PST)
Subject: REPLY URGENTLY NEEDED
FROM THE DESK OF GORGE WILLIAMS
FROM CITY TRUST BANK PLC
HEADQUARTERS ANNEX LAGOS
VICTORIA ISLAND NIGERIA
With good faith i have come to you about this Legitimate Business of mine,
but i must first introduce to you my goodself.
I am Gorge Williams of City Trust Bank Plc, I am the personal accountant to Mr.Patrick , (Snr) a nationale of your country, who used to work with
shell development company here in Nigeria.On the 21st june 2004,our customer and
his wife And their three children were involved in a car accident along sagbama
express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there live.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of his extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the
Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted
you to assist in repartrating the money and property left behind by our customer before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by our bank where he deposited sum of US$ 5.2 million dollars in our bank the City Trust Bank Plc, the banking guidelines stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed for over a period of time 2 years and few months, with the account unservicable the money will be Confisicated and this will happen after the next few weeks if nobody comes for the money Since we have not seen anybody for the money and his property for the last two years and our bank has been notifying the Rotary club for the past one year,
Now I seek your consent to present yourself as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$5.2 million dollars can be paid to you as the next of kin.
I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please, you can also get in touch with me through this email: To enable us discuss more: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will companset you with 40% of the total fund , Please favoure this massage with an immidiate reply
I am looking forward to hearing from you soonest.
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