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From: "mrs.coker king" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 03:50:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: ACT URGENTLY!!!
My name is Mr William Coker ,The Manager International Commercial Bank Ghana
I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of our bank whose name is Late Mr.Paul Bryant, who perished in a plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter.
Since the demise of this our customer, I personally has watched with
keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no
one has come to claim his funds of US$12.5 million United States Dollars) which has been with our branch for a very long time. On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next of Kin as no one has come up to be the next of kin. And the banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay
more than Ten Years, because the money will be recalled to the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund after this period. In view of this I got
your contact through a trade journal when i was making a research on a
foreigner i will use in this great opportunity. For your assistant i
will give you 30% of the total amount then 10% has been mapped out to
donate to the motherless baby home, while the remaining 60% will be for
me. Upon the receipt of your response, I will send you
by fax or e-mail the letter of application which you will type sign and
send back to our bank to enable us start this transaction. I will not
fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch free and that
you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for the smooth and
easy transfer of this fund has been finalized, this transaction will be
completed within five banking days of receiving your response, after
you apply to the bank as a relation to the deceased. When you receive
this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your decision
including your private Tel/Fax numbers for quick communication.
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