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From: publish publish <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2007 20:42:44 +0200
Subject: From Patrick Olivier.
>From Patrick Olivier.
Good Day Friend
My name is Mr. Patrick Olivier, Assistant Group Treasurer State Bank of Mauritius Ltd. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposal for you.
On April 14, 2003, a Zimbabwe Oil consultant contractor with Mauritius Mining Corporation, Eng. Alex Mugova Dragun made a numbered time of Fixed Deposit for twelve calendar months valued at US$20,000,000.00 Twenty Million Dollars in my branch, upon the maturity time of the fund we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers from the Island of Mauritius Mining Corporation that Eng. Alex Mugova Dragun died in Zimbabwe and that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his relatives or next of kin were fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Eng. Alex Mugova Dragun did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$20,000,000.00 has being moved to a security and finance house in the Netherlands and interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. Since his death no one has ever come forward to claim this fund. According to the Island of Mauritius Law, at the expiration of 5(five) years, the money will revert to the Island of Mauritius Government if nobody applies for claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreign partner to stand in as the next of kin to Eng. Alex Mugova Dragun so that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt Government officials. This is simple. I will like you to provide immediately for us Your ( FULL NAMES, ADDRESS, OCCUPATION, AGE, YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS )respectively through my below Email address to enable us change some necessary document in your name and file for the claim of this fund as the next of kin.
NOTE. Please be inform the reason why we required your assistant is because it against the law for a government worker to have foreign account in my country and most especially Eng. Alex Mugova Dragun is a foreigner there is no way a Mauritius CITIZEN will claim next of kin. THESE ARE THE TWO REASONS WHY YOU ARE NEEDED TO ASIST.
So if you are interested I advice you to write back to me and send me your details through my private email below in order for me to send you the whole arrangement about this transaction. Hope to get your understanding, trust and capability of handling this transaction.
Thanks for your understanding.
Mr. Patrick Olivier
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