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From: "Skye Bank Ghana Ltd.," <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 09:14:16 +0000
Subject: SWIFT TRANSFER OF US$3.2 MILLION INTEREST INTO YOUR ACCOUNT
Mr. Greg OpokuSkye Bank,Accra-GhanaATTN: SIR,RE: SWIFT TRANSFER OF US$3.2 MILLION INTEREST INTO YOUR ACCOUNTI am MR. GREG OPOKU, the Head of Treasury Department of SKYE BANK ACCRA GHANA.This is to officially inform you that sometime ago, in our bank your funds was brought to our bank from Economic Community of West African Foreign Payment Panel made of the subsequent countries like: Ghana, Togo, Rep. Benin, Senegal, Ivory-coast, Gambia, Mali, etc. (Ecowas), AND AFTER SOME PERIOD OF TIME, They call the funds back to their treasury in World Bank. For this period of time the funds was in our bank, it generated an interest of US$3.2 Million, which we considered your long suffering as one of the Foreigners that has not received his/her payment and we decide to pay you this interest funds via Swift Transfer into your account.What we need from you now are the following:1. Name and Address of your bank2. Your account number and swift code if any3. Any form of your identification for example; youre international passport number or your driving license number.4. Fax and Telephone number for easy communicationIn view of this you are hereby instructed to contact this office immediately you receive this Email message and reconfirm your bank particulars.The Skye Bank is therefore apologizing for any delay you might have encountered in contacting you.We poised to serve you better, waiting to hear from you, please do reply to this E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more clarification.Thanks and God bless you in all your endeavors towards receiving your fund in good faith.Best Regards,MR. GREG OPOKUHEAD OF TREASURY DEPARTMENTSKYE BANK ACCRA GHANA
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