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From: Salami Hassan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 06:48:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Greetings To You ______Reply Fast
Dear Friend Indeed .
I am Dr Salami Hassan , the director in charge of auditing and accounting section of CONTINENTAL BANK PLC in Lome Republic Of Togo , with due respect and regards.
I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction. During our investigation and audting in the bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person, a foriegner who died on november 1999 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his account with the bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation before our discovery to this development. Although personally, I kept this information secret within myself and partners to enable the whole plans and idea be profitable and successful during the time of execution.
The amount involved is USD $ 20.5 M ( Twenty Million Five Hundred United States Dollars ) . As it may interest you to know, I got your impressive information through an international business equiry and I beleive you will be viable and capable to champion a business of such magnitude . Meanwhile all the whole arrangement is to put claim over this fund as the bonafide NEXT OF KIN to the deceased because you are Bearing the same last name with the late fund owner , I will give you all directives / needed information as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to transfer this fund to your country and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity.
I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% Legal and Please you have been adviced to keep top secret as i am still in service and intend to retire from service after i conclude this deal with you then i will come over to meet you in your country .
I will be monitoring the wholesituation here in the bank until you confirm the money in your account then i will come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment,either in your country or any other country you may advice us to invest in .
All other necessary information will be sent to you when I hear from you . I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish in this deal for proper arrangement on how to Transfer this fund into your country . Send me your direct telephone numbers and full names in your next reply to enable us commence .
Dr Salami Hassan
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