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From: MR.ABDULLAH SAIF <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2008 23:44:16 +0400
Subject: URGENT BUSINESS REQUESTED
I am Mr.Abdullah Saif Executive Director of one of the appex bank.
An Iragi named Haider Hanoon,a business man made a numbered fixed deposit for =
18 calendar months, this is valued to Seventten million Five Hundred =
Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice =
was sent to him, even during the war, three years ago (2003). Again after the =
war another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We =
later found out that Haider Hanoon and his family had been killed during the =
war in Gunfire that hit their home at Mukaradeeb where his personal oil well =
After further investigation it was also discovered that Haider Hanoon did not =
declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of =
his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at my =
office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Seventeen =
million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank =
and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me is that =
according to the laws of my country at the expiration five years six months =
the funds will revert to the ownership of the Government if nobody applies to =
claim the funds.
My proposal, I am prepared to place you as the next of kin in a position to =
instruct the BANK to release the deposit to you as the closest surviving =
relation. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with =
you in half. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have =
them release the deposit to you. We share the procentange 50/50. I would have =
gone ahead to ask the funds be released to me, but that would have drawn a =
straight line in my involvement in claiming the deposit.I assure you that I =
could have the deposit released to you within a few days. I will simply =
inform the bank of the final closing of the file relating to Haider Hanoon I =
will then officially communicate with my Bank and instruct them to release =
the deposit to you. With these: all is done. I am aware of the consequences =
of this proposal.
I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard =
this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer =
is of no appeal to you,delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. =
Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may =
not know this but people like myself who have made tidy sums out of =
comparable situations run the whole private banking sector. I am not a =
criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be =
hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I =
make this move. Such opportunities only come ones way once in a lifetime. I =
cannot let this chance pass me by, for once I find myself in total control of =
my destiny. These chances wont pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my =
chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my =
life but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to =
provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and =
it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only =
risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank. I =
am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you =
with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. =
share the blessing.
If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a =
conclusion. I wish to inform you that should you contact me via official =
channels; I will deny knowing you and about this project. I repeat, I do not =
want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you =
contacting me through my official email account. Contact me only through the =
numbers I will provide for you and also through the email account that i will =
provide therein in this email.
Further more be informed that the fact that you are a foreigner give you the =
privilege to stand in as my deceased client beneficiary as my deceased client =
had no relation all his family died with him during the war and I can not use =
my relation because its not accepted here . Also I am very confident that we =
will be able to establish the trust that is needed to complete this deal and =
all that I need from the time been is your willingness and commitment so that =
we can end this in the nest one weeks.
What you need to understand about this transaction is that I will make sure =
that it passes through all international banking laws regards to retaining =
the service of my Attorney to give the transaction the proper documentation =
that is required to perfect the finishing. Your only obligation in this =
transaction will be to set up two offshore accounts that can accommodate =
these funds and I will give you more light later once you agree to partner =
Like I said before there is no risk involve as it will pass through =
international banking laws and all documents related to this transaction will =
be sent to you by post for your perusal and trust.
I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are not =
secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of =
customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy. Please =
observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family man, =
I have wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear =
as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is =
nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of =
gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients. =
Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a =
meeting, soon. Should you be interested I will prefer you to reach me on the =
email address below.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
I await your response.