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From: jacob nelson <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 18:53:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: URGENT BUSINESS
Equity Trust House Nig. Plc.
20 Adeola Odeku
Victoria Island Lagos
phone 234 80 83644040
I am jacob nelson .I have urgent and very confidential business proposal intended to do with you. On June 6, 1999, an America
Oil consultant/contractor, Mr. Charles Ballassi with
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, made a
numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar
months valued at US$20,700,000.00(Twenty Million
Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars )in my branch, upon
maturity I sent a rountine notification to his
forwarding address but got no response.
Thereafter a month,we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from his contract employers,the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) that he died in
the plane crash of 31 October 1999[with Egyptian 990]
with other passengers abroad as you can confirm it
yourself via the
On further investigation,i found out that he died
without making a WILL, and attempts to trace his next
of kin was fruitless.I therefore made further
investigation and discovered that Mr. Charles Ballassi
did not declare any next of kin or relations in all
his official documents including his bank deposit
paperwork in my bank. This sum of US$20,700,000.00 is
still in my bank and accrued interest has being rolled
over with the principal sum at the end of each year.
I would want you to note carefully,In refrence to
Nigerian Banking Ethics & Previllage,DEGREE 4,SECTION
20 of our banking laws, No one will ever come forward
to claim it.
Moreso,under such law in Nigerian at the expiration of
(six)years,the money will revert to the ownership of
the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the
fund. Consequently,my proposal is that i will like you as a
foreigner to rehearse with me to come and stand as the
next of kin to Mr. Charles Ballassi so that the fruit
of his labour will not get into the hands of some
corrupt Government officials.
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately
your full name and address so that the Attorney will
prepare the necessary documents/affidavits which will
put you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the service of my attorney for the
drafting and notarization of the WILL and obtain the
necessary documents and letters of
probate/administration in your favour for the
transfer. Any bank account in any part of the world
which you will provide will then facilitate the
transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next
The money will be paid into your account for us to
share in ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is
no risk at all,the paperwork for this transaction will
be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch
Manager guarantees the successful execution of this
If you are interested,please reply immediately via the
private email address below,upon your responce,i shall
provide you with more details and relevant documents
that will help you understand the transaction.
Please observe utmost confidentiality and be rest
assured that this transaction would be most profitable
for both of us because i shall
require your assitance to invest my share in your
Upon Your reciept of this mail send to me your
following informations to enable me start the process
of the fund into your bank account:
1. Your full Name/contact address.
2. Your private Telephone and fax numbers
Immediately I recieve a mail indicating your interest
I shall send you more details.
Thanks and regards,
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