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From: "pedro benito" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 12:24:33 +0100
Subject: From Pedro/Inheritance Fund.
Incubadoras Trust Inc.,
Autovía de Huesca,
C/M 50820, Madrid-Spain.
The purpose of my writing to you is because I am searching for a foreign
business partner who is in a position to assist me with my urgent business
proposal, as time is not on my side. A partner, who understands what
confidentiality, means and who has the necessary facilities I require in
embarking on this important venture. I decided to contact you through email
as it has remained the only possible means I consider safe to contact you.
I apologize if this is not suitaible to you.
We want to transfer to abroad $US16.5m (Sixteen Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) from A Security Company, Incubadoras Trust
Inc., Spain Branch, situated in the above location in Spain. I am
contacting you in a non-official capacity. To provide either an existing
bank Account Or to set up a new bank account immediately to receive this
money, even an empty account can serve to receive this money, as long as
you will remain honest to the transaction.
We will Start the first Transfer with Six Million U.S.Dollars
[$6,000.000.00] upon successful Transfer without any disappointment from
your side, we shall re-apply for the Transfer of the remaining Ten Million
United States Dollars [$10,500.000.00]
I am , an Accountant, with Incubadoras Trust Inc., Spain. During the Course
of Our Auditing, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened with the
Security Company in 1990 and since 1993 nobody has operated on this
account again. After going through some old files in the records, I
discovered that the owner of the account died without an [Heir], Hence the
money has been floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it
will be forfeited for nothing to the Spanish Government. From my
investigations I found out that the owner of this account was Mr. Garcia
Ryszard a foreigner, and an Industrialist,he died since 1993 and no other
person knows about this account or anything concerning it except and most
probably you as you read this letter. The account has no beneficiary and my
investigation proved to me as well that Mr. Garcia Ryszard until his death
was the Managing Director, Autohaus Fuchs, GMBH.
I am contacting you as a foreigner because this money can only be approved
to a foreigner with a valid International Passport, Drivers License and
foreign account because the money is in US Dollars and the former owner of
the account Mr. Garcia Ryszard is a foreigner. I am revealing all this to
you with the belief that you will never let me down in this business.For
your active participation, I have two options of compensating you.
Firstly you can choose to have 25% of the total money for your assistance
or you can go into partnership with me for the proper and profitable
investment of the entire money in your country in any lucrative business
you will advise me of. Of course, the investment must be under your direct
management and supervision. As soon as the money has been transferred into
your account, I shall come to your country and meet you face to face to
work out the modalities of the investments.
Please notify me of your choice in your reply. I have also set aside 5% of
the total sum $16.5M for all kinds of expenses that may come our way in the
process of this transaction. Please note that this 5% for expenses is not
with me at the moment but shall be deducted from the money as soon as you
have received it in your account. Be informed that this transaction is
risk free as all modalities have been put in place for a hitch free
To commence this transaction, I require you to immediately indicate your
interest by a return e-mail to the above email address and enclose the
following: your full name and address, your private telephone and fax
number your Age and occupation.I will discuss with you in details when I
receive your response.
Please reply to my private email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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