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From: karrim ahmed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 08:17:30 +0000
Subject: URGENT REPLY PLEASE.
FROM THE DESK OF MR. KARRIM AHMED
AUDITS & ACCOUNTS DEPT OF
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (A.D.B)
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO
PHONE NUMBER 00226-787-840-69
I am Mr karrim ahmed, a banker with the above mentioned bank in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso in West Africa, holding the post of the Audit & Accounts dept. On Monday, 31 July, 2000, one Andreas Schranner, a Garman National, An Astute Business man of international repute, a contract with ecowas country, whose endeavours spans various areas of Business interest, (Real estate, contract and Farming .etc) made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit, valued at $10,600,000.00 (Ten Million, Six Hundred thousand United States Dollars) for twelve calendar months in my Bank Branch. Upon Maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his company that Mr. Andreas Schranner was aboard the AF4590 plane, which crashed Monday, 31 July 2000 into the Hotelissimo. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm After further investigation, it was discovered that he died without making a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin proved fruitless.On further investigation, it was discovered that Late Mr. Andreas Schranner did not declare any next of kin or relatives in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paper work here in our Bank. The total sum, $10,600,000.00 is still in my bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. All efforts to trace and locate his next of kin proved abortive. In accordance with the countrys banking laws and constitution guiding this banking institution stated that after the expiration of 8 (eieht) years, if no body or person comes for the claim as the next of kin , such money will be revert to the Burkina Faso government treasury if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim of the fund. Consequently, It is upon this respect, I seek to present you as a foreign partner to stand in as the next of kin to the late Mr. Andreas Schranner since no one will come up for the claim. Upon acceptance of this proposal, I shall send to you by mail the ADB Bank "Next of Kin Payment Application Text Form" as well as detailed information on how this deal would be carried out. The money will be shared in the ratio: Sixty percent for me, thirty percent for you and ten percent for any arising contingencies during the Course of this transaction.
I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, as I will use my position in the Bank's here to perfect this business transaction & secure Approvals and guarantee the successful execution of this transaction. Please be informed that your utmost confidentiality is required. If this interests you, I want to remind you of the confidentiality of this Transaction at hand whatever your decision is.
I await your urgent response.
Your detailed reply should contain your telephone and fax numbers for easier communication for onward proceeding.
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Thanks.Mr karrim ahmed
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