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From: Matthew Ahadji <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 02:18:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION NEEDED..................leo Roeland
Barrister Matthew Ahadji,
Corporate Legal Practitioners,
Arbitrators and Property Consultants.
126 Harrison Rue, Lome Togo.
Contact........00228 932 26 29
Dear leo Roeland,
I am Barrister Matthew Ahadji,solicitor at law, personal attorney to Mr.B.J. Roeland,a national Of your country,who used to work with Shell Development Company in Lome Togo,as a registered contractor. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. and it happen that the man registered to me as his personal attorney.
Unfortunately the man died in a motor accident which happened on 31st October, 2002. All occupants of the motor unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients 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 fund valued at US$10.5 million left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Security Finance Firm where this huge amount were deposited.
The Security Finance Company has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days. Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.
All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me through this email for more details.
Barrister Matthew Ahadji.
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