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From: "mr zumah" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:43:31 +0200
Subject: please contact me urgently from ZUMAH.
Greetings From Zumah Fedricks.
I am writing to seek your consent in a private and confidential matter
regarding some funds unaccounted for in my bank here in Africa during the
last 2006 business year. I need assistance from a trustworthy and reliable
person whom I will fill in as the beneficiary. Your major role would be to
provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank account
immediately to receive this money and get 30% of the total funds as
There are practically no risks involved, the transaction will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the
law, it will be simply a bank- to-bank transfer, and all i need from you is
to stand claim as the beneficiary of these funds who made the deposit with
my branch so that my head office can order the transfer to your designated
bank account under few working days.
I am Mr.Zumah Fedricks, the regional manager of AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK
(AFDB), and I write you this proposal in good faith; I am married with five
lovely kids. It is my duty as the regional manager to send in financial
report to my head office in the capital city at the end of each business
year. On the course of the last year 2005 business report, I discovered the
sum of Twenty six million eight hundred and fifty thousand united state
dollars 26,850,000.00 belonging to a foriengn Industrialist Kenneth Gardner
who died without a beneficiary, in my branch in which I am the
manager.Our head office is not aware of and will never be aware of it.
I have placed this funds on what we call escrow call account with no
beneficiary and as an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected
to this money, hence i contacted you.
If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it very much as you are the
first and the only person I am contacting for this transaction.We will start
the first transfer with sixteen million dollars,upon successful transaction
without any disappointment from your side,we shall re-apply for the payment
of the remaining amount to your account.
At this juncture i wish to tell you what prompted me to package this deal.
I have a 9-year old daughter who has eukemia,disease of the blood, and she
needs a bone marrow transplant or she will die. I want this transplanting
to be done in any good childrens hospital in your country if there is one.
Once this fund is transferred into your account, I shall resign from my job
and bring my family to start a new life in your country.I would be grateful
if you would help me in looking out for good investment oppurtunities with
my own part of the money in a very profitable business. I have worked for
this bank for the past 15 years yet I have nothing to show for it, I really
need your assistance to secure this fund as soon as possible.send me
mail:(Zumahfedricks@jmail.co.za) as soon as you receive this message if you
think we can work together, so that we can go over the details. Send also
your Private Mobile and fax numbers for a more proper elaboration.
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