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From: patrick cole <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 17:23:00 +0100
Subject: Best Regards,
From The Desk Top Of BARR.PATRICK COLEEmail;firstname.lastname@example.org
TEL ;234-8052 523550
Dear Friend, I hope this meets you in good health. My name is Barrister .PATRICK COLE.legal practitioner and Attorney to late Mr. John Adam who died in the plane crash of Yak-40 jetliner on March 9, 2000.
You may follow the Link below to read about the Plane Crash my client lost his life:
My late client was an influential wealthy businessman, a Contractor in my Country and a
Russian big time Oil dealer and the Principal owner of Oil AllianceCompany and he left behind a deposit of $6.5m )Six Million Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars only. in his domiciliary bankaccount in a commercial bank here in Nigeria Which is one of the mainreasons it has been very important to locate his next of kin.
After the death of my client his bankers contacted me, as hisAttorney to provide his next of kin who should inherit his fortune.The board of directors of his bank adopted a resolution and I was mandatedto provide his next of kin for the payment of this money or forfeit themoney to the bank as an abandoned Estate.
the bankers had planned to invoke a clause in theproperty Act,toconfiscate the funds after the expiration of a period given to me. It was while i was searching for his family records on the internet that i came across your contact. I have searched throughalmost all the genealogysite that you can think of both in theRussia,USA and all the possible places I thought my clients would havepossibly had a family member.
Despairing and at the point of desperation. I cameacross your name,while trying to locate documentation's regarding possible relatives ofmy client in his country of origin.Convinced that you may be able to actin locus for my late client as his next of kin. I therefore, decided tocontact you with these facts before m because of the status quo.
By virtue of my brief and my closeness to the deceased,I am verymuch aware of my client's financial standing and the bank accounthe operates here in my country. I have reasoned very professionally and Ifeel it will be legally proper to present you as the next of kin of mydeceased client and the sole beneficiary of his estate, so that you are be paid the funds left in his bank account, hence I contacted you. I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin; the bank needs only the facts as presented legally.
The rest is between you and I and with my guide we can have themoney paid into your account, once this is done we shall both sharethe funds. 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% should be forTaxes as you Government may require, I shall assemble all the necessaryLegal Documents that will be used to back up our claim.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this dealthrough I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimatearrangement that will protect you from any Breach of law. Please get intouch with me through this my private email address.
Best Regards, BARR.PATRICK COLE
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