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From: musa abdulla <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 15:37:56 +0000
Subject: IMPORTANT LETTER READ AND REPLY ME THANK YOU////////
IMPORTANT LETTER READ AND REPLY ME THANK YOU////////PRIVATE/CONFIDENTIAL).FROM THE DESK OF MR MUSA ABDULLA THEDIRECTOR OF AUDITTING DEPARTMENTOUADOUGOU/BURKINAFASOWEST AFRICA
(PRIVATE/CONFIDENTIAL).I am MUSA ABDULLA.the Director in charge of Auditing section Banque commerciale bank(B.C.B)Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso in West Africa. Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise. AS IT MAY INTEREST YOU TO KNOW, I GOT YOUR IMPRESSIVE INFORMATION THROUGH THE INTERNET SEARCH HERE IN OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO. I FASTED AND PRAYED FOR THREE DAYS BEFORE I CONTACT YOU TO BE MY PARTNER. I have decided to contact you on a project that will be very beneficial to both of us. During our auditing in this Bank,I came across some amount of money belonging to a deceased foreigner Mr.Patrick Lokesh who died with his wife and their only daughter on 7th of Novermber 2002 in a plane crash.The fund has been dormant in his account with this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody from his relation before my discovery to this development. He was a contractor here in my country burkinafaso as road builder but his nationality is Germany.The said amount is U.S $20.5million(TWENTY MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS). I want you to know that I never master minded the death of the deceased fellow. Their death was occured Naturally. FOR YOUR INFORMATION BEEN YOU NOT A German WILL NOT POSE ANY PROBLEM FOR THE SUCESSFUL TRANSFER ON THIS FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.All the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the Bonafide next of kin to the deceased has been put in place and directives will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist me and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity. In this country as a civil servant(A Banker),we are not allowed to operate a foreign account. This is the actual reason why itwill require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin to the Bank and also present foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his request. Our Banking lawstipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after eight years, the money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin. I dont want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill. Be assured this transaction is 100% risk free. On conclusion of this Project, you will be entitled to 40% of the total sum as gratification,while 60% will be for me.Please you have been adviced to keep "top secret" as I am still in service and intend to retire from service after I conclude this deal with you. I will fly down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment will be discussed. On your acceptance to be my partner, please email for a brief discussion before we proceed. Please keep this proposal secret, even if you dont want to assist CALL ME +22676540220 FOR MORE CLEARIFICATION I look forward to receive your urgent reply.Yours faithfully,Mr MUSA ABDULLA.
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