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From: "musa mohammed" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 11:03:49 +0000
Subject: From The Desk of:musa_mohammed
From The Desk of:
Mr MUSA MOHAMMEDChief Auditor,
African Development Bank
Burkina Faso West African.
I apologize if the contents in this mail are contrary to your moral ethics, which I feel may be of great disturbance to your personal life, But please treat with absolute secrecy and personal. I pray that this email reaches you in the best of health.
l am Mr MUSA MOHAMMED the Chief Auditor, with African Development bank (ADB) Burkina Faso West African. One of our customers Engr Ron Morris, with his entire family were among the victims of December 25, 2003 Air-Crash. For more about the Air Crash you can visit the CNN web news for the tragedy.
Before his death, he has an account with us valued at Ten Million, One hundred and Eighty-Three Thousand US Dollars ( USD 10.183M).According to the Burkina Faso Law, at the expiration of Three years if nobody applies to claim the funds a grace of thirty (30) days will be given before the money will revert to the ownership of the Burkina Faso government.
My proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin or Distant Cousin for us to claim this money, so that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials who will later use the money to sponsor war in
Africaand kill innocent citizens in the search for political power.
Please note that there will be no problem as my bank has made all effort through to reach for any of his Relation but all was fruitless. My position as the Chief Auditor in this bank guarantees the successful execution of this(Deal) transaction.
This money will be shared on agreed percentage which must be written in the agreement of personal trusteeship, once the funds is transferred to your account in your country or anywhere else.
If not interested please destroy the mail because of the confidentiality attached to it.I promise that this transaction will be done under a legitimate arrangement that will protect both of us from any breach of the law.
lf you are interested and wish to assist me please contact me with the below information:
Mr MUSA MOHAMMEDTelephone:+226 78043538
Awaiting your soonest response today.
Mr MUSA MOHAMMED(Chief Auditor)
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