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From: "kirk" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2007 15:13:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: kirk murdoch
Dear Friend,I wish to approach you with a request that would be of immense benefitto both of us. I am an attorney based in Scotland United Kingdom. Iwant you and I to make some fortune out of a situation that I amobviously left with no other better option. The issue that I ampresenting to you is a case of my client that willed a fortune to hisonly daughter. It is unfortunate that he and hisdaughter died on the London Bomb attacks on 7 July 2005. The wife diedof heartattack on receiving the sad news a week after. I am nowfaced with a problem of getting a trusted person who I will make thebeneficiary that I would pass the fortune to. And according to the lawsuch fortune is supposed to be bequeathed to the government if thereis not any a relative or next-of-kin of the decease that would surfacefor claim of the fortune.However, I personally don?t belong to such school of thought thatproposes that such fortune be given to the government because this ischeating and is possible that
the top government officials for theirown selfish interest could divert the fortune. Because of this I amcontacting you to seek your acting as the beneficiary of the will. Iam my client attorney and I alone know about his will.Upon indication of your interests, all I will do is to amend the willby fitting in your name as the supposed next-of-kin and back it upwith a sworn affidavit, which automatically became valid. Thisamendment should be between us and must not leak out to anyone. It isabsolutely confidential.I have complete information of his bank account details with anoutstanding balance of $48,550,000.00USD ($48.550 Million USD). Tomake you be sure of this, I can provide you with details of his bankto enable you to log on to his account to confirm this balance. Iknow that you would be apprehensive and feel that this is a big sum,but it does not matter because this is a legacy being passed on to anext-of-kin and you are the available next-of-kin.As I am not very sure of
getting your consent yet on the issue, Iprefer not to divulge my full identity so as not to risk beingdisbarred. Until I am sure of your consent and full cooperation then Iwill not be afraid to give you my full identity. In the meanwhile, Iwould prefer that we maintain correspondence by email and fax. At thispoint I want to assure you that your true consent, fullcooperation and confidentiality are all that are required to enable usto take full advantage of this golden opportunity.I shall make representation to the legal courts to facilitate theamendment process within three working days. Since this is atransaction of immense benefit to both of us, I would want that weshared all expenses according to our agreed sharing ratio of thefortune. The sharing ratio shall be 60% for me and 40% for you. Thisshall also be applicable to all expenditures that wouldbe incurred in the course of the transaction because I wouldn?t wanteither of us to feel cheated. Please note that this is a
legal andrisk free transaction that does not in anyway hamper the monetary lawsof your country. It is an inheritance fund.If you are interested to work with me, please provide me with yourname, address, nationality, age, and date of birth, height, and phoneand fax numbers as required for the amendment of the will. Oncompletion of this, I will send you a copy of the amended will whichyou will fax to the bank with a back up letter written by your goodself requesting for the release of the fund to you.I will also write to the bank as the legal representative of my clientBefore his demise, ordering for the transfer of the fund to you, as thebeneficiary of his will.I will appreciate your urgent response in this regard. Thanks for youranticipated cooperation.Yours faithfully,Kirk Murdoch.
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