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From: ibrahim musa<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 04:40:06 +0100
Subject: URGENT REPLY
First Inland Bank Plc
Mainland Nasco building,
29 Burma Road, Apapa,
Lagos - NIGERIA.
Mr.Ibrahim Musa in charge of bills and foreign
Department of First inland Bank
I am writing you this letter to
ask for your support
and co-operation to carry out this
opportunity in my department.
We discovered an unclaimed sum
of $10 Million (ten
million dollars) in an account belonging to one of
customer, who died in a plane crash with the entire
family in year
Since we got information about his death we have been
his next of kin to come over and claim his
the family nor the relation has
appeared to claim this money. We cannot
moneyunless somebody applies as the next of kin or
to the deceased.
Our banking guidelines indicated that if such
remained unclaimed for a period of four (4) years, it
transferred into the First inland Bank
Treasury as unclaimed fund.
Another officer and I in the department now decided to
money into your account as the next of
kin or relation of the deceased
for easy collection
since nobody is coming for it and we don¢t want
money to go back into the bank treasury as an
Infact it is my friend that advised me to urgently
transfer out this money through another
foreign beneficiary outside the
Upon your acceptance to this proposal, we have also
agreed on a
1.40% for you as the account owner
2.60% for I and my
Furthermore we shall be coming over to your country
themoney is finally in your account and we shall
be relying on your
advise as regards, to investment of
our share, be informed that this
genuine and 100% risk free considering the top level
As you know that I enjoy good office here with
bank and I will use my personality to make the
on your behalf for approval of
this money into your nominated account
the bank transfer this money into your bank account.
will advice that you furnish me with the necessary
details for me to
make the official application of
claim on your behalf as the next of kin
beneficiary of this money with out wasting time.
Here are the
details I will need to make the
(1)Your Full Name.
(3Your phone & Fax Number for effective
(4)Age, & Occupation.
This is to effect the
swifttransfer of this fund into
your account in less than (7) working
Waiting for your urgent response.
reply to my email box with this
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