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From: Lamin Jatta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 15:03:37 -0400
Subject: Assiatnce Needed
Barrister Lamin Jatta (Esq)Attorney-At-Law# 12, Kairaba Avenue,Serekunda,Banjul,The Gambia.I know this proposal certainly will come as a surprise.since you neither know me nor have seen me before. Well as you read on, you will know how I got your name and why I decided to contact you at all. I am Lamin Jatta, a solicitor at law. I am the personal Attorney to Mr Micheal a national of your country, who was a private business man in Gambia. On the 21st of April 2003, my client, his wife And child were involved in a ghastly automobile accident along Banjul Express Road,and all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives.Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful. After these unsuccessful attempts.I decided to track his last name over the Internet,possibly to locate any member of his family.Hence my contacting you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client, before the deposited fund get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.The deceased has a Deposit certificate valued at about USD7.2million dollars, which was in my custody, and the Bank has ssued me a notice as the deceased private attorney provide the next-of kin or have the account confiscated within the next thirty official working days.I have been unsuccesful in tracing my late client's relatives for over years.I now seek your consent to present you as the next-of-kin of the deceased; since you have the same surname, so that the proceeds of this account valued at $7.2million dollars can be paid to you. After which both of us will proceed to share the proceed on a 60/40 bases.Be assured that this transaction is 100% risk free and that all the necessary papers to back up the claim would be arranged upon your affirmation. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this whole transaction will be done legally and that no local or international law will be abrogated. Please get in touch with me by either email or fax.Best regards,Lamin Jatta (Esq)
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