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From: "mohamed" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:38:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Dear Friend,
Dear Friend, I am Barrister Mohamed Ali, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to late Engr Patrick, who worked with a Multi-National Oil Firm in Nigeria, unfortunately lost his life in a car accident along sagbama express road, on 21st April 2004. Since the death of Patrick, I as his personal attorney, have made several enquiries to locate his only surviving relation, without any success. I came across your name and contact on the course of my personal searching for Patrick's relations, so I decided to contact you for this project. I am contacting you to assist in repatriating and securing the wealth left behind in a fixed deposit account by Patrick, before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by Bank where my client operates an account worth $USD6.2 Million Dollars. The board of Bank has issued me a notice that after 2 months from now and no next of kin shown up for the claiming of the said funds, the funds will be confiscated and declared
unserviceable. Since I and my team have been unsuccessful in locating Patrick's relatives for sometime now,it on this note that I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin of the deceased since you are bearing the same last name with him, so that the proceed of this deposit valued at $USD6.2 Million Dollars can be released to you for our disbursments.All requires is your honest cooperation to enable us see this business successful. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement which will protect you from any breach of the law. Patrick was a very good man and it is not wise for me to allow his hard earned wealth to be stolen by the greedy directors of the Bank .Further details awaits your response by email.Upon your response, furnish me with: Your full name and address Your telephone and fax numbers Your occupation and age As soon as I receive all these information from you I will email you with a draft that you will fill and send to
the bank Directors to enabe them know that I have locate the relation to my late client since they asked that I should provide the next of kin for them to release the inheritance fund. Let me hear from you once you acknowledge my email. Yours faithfully,Barrister Mohamed Ali(Esq).
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