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From: George White <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 13:38:04 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY
FROM: Mr.George White. Audit and Accounting Office Bank of Africa-Benin Republic,Cotonou.Tel:+229 97 552188Email: email@example.com
I am Mr.George White Audit Manager Bank of Africa-Benin Republic, in the capital city of Cotonou Benin republic. This is a very confidential proposition for you. On April 21st 2000, A Swedish Oil consultant/contractor with the Benenoise Solid Minerals Corporation, Mr.Soren Anderson made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$8,000,000.00 (Eight Million Dollars only) in my branch. Upon maturity on November 18th 2003 as his Credit Officer, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally i discovered from his contract employers, the Benenoise Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr.Soren Anderson died on auto accident with his entire family. Further investigations and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. Again, I made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Soren Anderson did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$8,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to the International Banking ethics, codes and Laws, at the expiration of years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Benin Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.Soren. This is simple, immediately with your full names and address so that we will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and some of my colleagues who are aware of this transaction and 25% for you and 5% for Expenses Incurred in the course of the transaction. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by my colleagues and with my position as the Foreign Remittance Director guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. Upon your response i shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand this transaction. Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. You should observe utmost confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country. I am waiting your urgent reply. Remain Bless. Mr.George White.00229 97 552188
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