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From: "biz pri" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:05:36 -1200
Subject: PLEASE TREAT AS URGENT
Top of the day to you in goodfaith.I am Dr EROMENE ALBAN, the Former
director in charge of auditing and accounting section of West African Bank
Benin,Cotonou,Republic of Benin, West Africa and currently based in the
United Kingdom, and also a special account officer of Mr. Marcus Brenner,an
American.He was a seasoned contractor with Benin Cement Company, Cotonou,
who unfortunately died in a plane crash of Union Transport Africaines Flight
Boeing 727 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin on 25th December, 2003.
You will read more stories about the crash on visiting this website:
Before his death on the 25th December 2003, Mr.Marcus Brenner has a fixed
deposit account with the bank and no other person know about this account or
have any information relating to this account.The account has no beneficiary
nor did next-of-kin other than him and my investigation reveal that his
supposed next-of-kin died along with him in the crash.Since then, I have
made several enquiries to locate any of his extended relatives, this has
also proved unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
I'm contacting you to assist in remittance of a dormant fund as the next of
kin left behind by Mr.Marcus Brenner so as not to allow the bank confiscate
or declare the funds unserviceable according to Benin Republic financial law
on unclaimed bills which the government usually map out for the purchase of
ammunitions which are the major course of connflicts in the west of Africa.
Consequently, I'm seeking your consent to present you as the next-of-kin of
the deceased so that the outstanding fixed deposit (US$32.3M) will be
remitted into any designated accounbt of yours to be shared by both of us in
the ratio of 50% to me and 40% for you and 10% for any expenses that will be
incured during the transaction like phone bills etc.I have all necessary
legal documents to back up this claim.
All that is required of you is absolute honesty, total commitment,
co-operation & absolute confidentiality.Be rest-assured that this
transaction will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect
both parties from breach of the law and it is 100% risk free and attracts no
authorities and every information you will require as the next of kin will
be forwarded to you after your final acceptance to help me champion this
If this proposal is acceptable to you, kindly email your following
information to me:firstname.lastname@example.org
a. Full Name(s)
b. Direct phone & fax number(s)
c.Age sex and nationality
d. Your direct email & any other information you may deem helpful.
Thank you for your cooperation until I read from you.You may also reach me
at my private mailbox and call me for further information on +44 704 5786
Dr EROMENE ALBAN
Phone;+44 704 5786 650