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From: "tanko_ ibrahim.6" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 08:11:15 +0000
Subject: TREAT AS URGENT
FROM THE DESK OF TANKO IBRAHIM
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER
BANK OF AFRICA.
Dear Friend i am TANKO IBRAHIM the bill and exchange manager at the foreign
remittance department of BANK OF AFRICA.
I got your contact from the internet ,while seaching for an honest and trust
worthy person, who will assist me to implement this transfer.
In my department i discovered an abandoned sum of U.S$22.5m US dollars
(twenty two Million FIVE HUNDRED THOUSANDUS dollars) in an account that
belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family
in November 2002 in a plane crash.
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next if
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidlines and laws but unfortunately we learnt that
all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the
plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this business
proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation
to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is
coming for it and I don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as
The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after five years, the money will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a
Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
I therefore soliciting for your assistance to come forward as the next of
I have agreed that 40% of this money will be for you as the beneficiary in
respect of the provision of your Account and services rendered, 55% would be
for me while 5% will be for expencses incured during the cause of thIS
transaction If the money is transferred to your Account from
BANK OF AFRICA, I and my family in this transaction will proceed immediately
to your country for our own share of the money.
I expect you to keep this business strictly confidential and secret as you
may wish to know that
I am Bank official.
Be rest assured that this business is 100% risk free on both side and every
arrangement to transfer this money to the Account you are going to provide
been concluded provided we maintain the confidentiality and secreceirity
involved. Contact me on my email address I am looking forward
for your prompt response.
Bill & Exchange
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