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From: Brathwait Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 20:32:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: BRATHWAIT JONES & ASSOCIATES
BRATHWAIT JONES & ASSOCIATES
SOLICITORS AND ADVOCATES
214/ GRE APPAPA LAGOS NIGERIA.
POST CODE 23401
I must apologise for berging into your mailbox without a formal introductio=
n of myself to you. Actually, I got your mailbox in the web while trying to=
get a good and capable business person in your country for both business a=
nd investment purposes.Let me start by introducing myself;I am Barrister Br=
athwait Jones (Esq) I was the Personal Attorney to late Mr. Morris Thompson=
an American who was a private businessman in mycountry unfortunately lost =
his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on =
January 31st 2000, including his wife and onlydaughter.
You can read more about the crash on visiting these sites below,
Before the plane crash, Mr. Morris Thompson made a deposit value of US$20,0=
00,000.00 (TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS) in the STANDARDTRUST BANK O=
F NIGERIA Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, another notificatio=
n was sent and still no response came from him. I later found out that Mr. =
Morris Thompson and his family had been killed in that plane crash. After f=
urther investigation it was also discovered that Mr. Morris Thompson's next=
of kin was his daughter who died with him in the crash.What borders me mos=
t is that according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 8 years =
the funds will revert to the ownership of the NIGERIA GOVERNMENT, if nobody=
applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is=
that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Mor=
ris Thompson so that you will be able to receive these funds for both of us=
. WHAT IS TO BE DONE:-
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall =
come out successfully. As a barrister, I will prepare the necessary documen=
t that will back you up as the next of kin to Mr. Morris Thompson.PLEASE YO=
U HAVE TO PROVIDE YOUR FULL INFORMATION SUCH AS STATEDBELOW,
 OCCUPATION STATUS:
Also be informed that this Transaction will take us just 15 working days to=
accomplish beginning from when I receive your Data's.After you have been m=
ade the next of kin, I will also file an application to the bank on your be=
half as soon as I secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in yo=
ur favor for the movement of the funds to an account that will be provided =
by you. This process is 100% riskfree as I have set out all the modalities =
to see that a legalized method is used because then I will prepare all the =
Please note that utmost secrecy and confidentiality is required at all time=
s during this transaction. Once the funds have been transferred into your n=
ominated bank account we shall share in the ratio of 55% for me, 45% for yo=
u. If you are not interested, please delete this letter so that I can scout=
for another competent partner to conclude this transaction.Should you be i=
nterested please send me your full names, telephone, fax number and email a=
ddress as stated above.=20
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
Brathwait Jones Esq.
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