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From: "Christopher Omeben" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 23:39:56 +0400
Subject: Estate Atty
Chris Omenben & Co Law Firm
(Solicitors & Advocates)
(We offered): Constitutional Law Immigrations laws, International criminal
Law, Business Law
(Bailiffs, Notaries Public etc)
#11, Lacewing close, London E13 8AD
This enquiry involves my client Late Mr. Richard Burson aged, 77 from
Venice Florida USA .It was brought to my knowledge that the aforementioned
client died intestate and nominated no next of kin to the title over
investments made. We came to know of you via the London. Global. Database.
Center (L.G.D.C.) Hence i am making this contact.
My client above mentioned, died in an air crash along with his wife Mrs
lenor Burson aged 79 on the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptian airline Boeing
990 with other passengers on board. You can confirm this fact from the
website which was
aired by the
death, he domiciled account with the a bank here in London, which is having
an opening balance of usd$12.5m.(Twelve million five hundred thousand u.s
dollars) as he was a businessman who contracted many vessels and was
supplying food to bakassi peninsula regions through the 14 years the bakassi
Since his death, none of his relatives or associates have come forward to
lay claims to his funds as next-of-kin, as his wife whom he made his next of
kin died in the same crash and on my own I have made concerted efforts to
locate any of his relatives but all proved abortive.
Based on the ethics and policies of the bank, it would be declared unclaimed
and taken to the treasury of the bank as capital base of the bank, because
already the account has been tagged dormant because it has exceeded the
normal functional number of years. (7 years past)
The bank cannot release the funds from his account unless someone applies
for it or lays claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in the
Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission and assistance to present
you and have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased, so that the funds
can be released and transfer to you, as all documentations will be carefully
worked out by me for it to be released in your favor as the beneficiary's
next of kin, if not the members of the board of directors will utilize it
for their personal aggrandizements as unclaimed money and shared amongst the
directors of the bank.
So it is on this note I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as
the next of kin/beneficiary rather than allow the bank directors to share it
amongst themselves at the end of the year.
Note the following points;
The transaction is 100% risk free as my client bank account Management
officer is in agreement with me to look for somebody and pull out the money.
The money however, will be divided into 4 parts, you will take 30% of the
$12.5m, myself 50%, the account officer of my late client who will help
to get the approvals in your favor will take 10%, while 10% is set aside to
offset any expenses we may individually encure during the transfer process
including IRS CHARGES.
That I will use part of my share to help the less privileged home, e.g.
mother homes, handicapped homes as this are my reasons why I did not allow
the Bank Directors who are already rich, to mess up my clients money while
there are poor people in the society who needs help, I have decided within
me, to open a Charitable Organization in Memory of my late client
It may interest you to know that I have secured from the probate commission
an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries.
Please furnish me with the following information if you are interested.
1. A beneficiary name, in order for me to prepare the document for transfer
in your name.
2. Direct Telephone and fax numbers...For our personal contact and for easy
communication between both of us.
I await your urgent response. Contact me Email; email@example.com
CHRISTOPHER OMENBEN ESQ.
Senior principal consultant: CHRSI OMENBEN & CO. UK.
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