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From: Michael Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 15:50:31 +0200
Subject: Urgent Information 14th June 2007
Urgent Information 14th June 2007
Firstly, not to cause you embarrassment, I am Mr.Michael Smith, a Solicitor at law based in the United Kingdom and the personal attorney to late Mr. Thompson Morris a National of France, who used to be a private contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Saudi Arabia, herein after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2001, he and his wife with their three children were involved in an auto crash; all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
Since then, I have made several enquiries with his country's embassies to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you with this business partnership proposal. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating a huge amount of money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposit was lodged.
The deceased had a deposit valued presently at BPS30million British Pounds Sterling and the Bank has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin or Beneficiary by Will otherwise have the account confiscated within the next thirty official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over three years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / Will Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at BPS30Milliom British Pounds Sterling can be paid to you.
This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 50% to me and 45% to you then %5 has been mapped out for any expences that may be incured during the cause of this transaction.I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to Back up any claim will be obtained From the Federal High Court of England with the Certificate Of Deposit which has been issued to me by the Bank. All I require is your honest Co-operation, Confidentiality and Trust to enable us see this project through.
I guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate Arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. All the relevant documents that will give you the legal backing to claim the fund will be processed.
Please acknowledge receipt of this message by e-mail.
As I am based in the United Kingdom. And please provide me the following below; this is to enable me commence immediate preparation of all legal document that will back up our claim.
1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number
3. Your Contact Address.
Your urgent response will be highly anticipated and appreciated.
Barrister Michael Smith.
Direct Tel: +447849474958
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