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Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:17:05 +0100
Subject: FROM THE OFFICE OF MR ALI MUSA
FROM THE OFFICE OF MR ALI MUSA
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING DEPT,
AFRICA BENIN (EBB)
PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR THIS
E-MAIL ADDRESSE (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND YOUR
Pleasure writing to you at this moment of the
day, I am Mr. Ali Musa, the director incharge of auditing and accounting
Dept. of BANKOF AFRICA BENIN (EBB) in Cotonou, Benin Republic. I deem
it fit to contact you regarding an inactive/dormant account fund that
will benefit both of us at the end, if parties involved will take
restrait and maintain absolute secrecy, honesty and integrity.
your contact in my search for a reputable and reliable person to
particularly assist me to claim the fund in question. During auditing,
in our bank at the end of last fiscal year, We discovered the sum of
(US$2.5.M) Two million Five hundred thousand United States dollars in a
dormant account belonging to an international business man based here in
Benin republic who was involved in the December 25th Benin plane crash.
I kept this information (secret) confidential within my jurisdiction to
enable us submit claims and transfer this fund through trustworthy
person whom we shall present to our bank as the bonafide next of kin to
investigations so far clearly reveals that there is no immediate
survivor or even a relation to the deceased and as such, there is no
immediate next of kin for further claims of the deceased fund as we have
long been expecting someone to come forward with an applications.
Further information¢s /verifications from reliable sources too have
confirmed that the deceased customer supposed next of kin were all in
the plane with him died with him.
This fund is now ready fortransfer
into a foreign account, whose owner will be portrayed to our bank as the
beneficiary and a next of kin to the deceased customer. The foreign
account owner will impost himself appropriately as the next of kin to
the deceased and respond positively like a true next of kin who wishes
to speed up the release and transfer process of his inherited fund.
Kindly be aware too that if the over-due fund if not claimed by the end
of next quarter, the National Treasury and Bills of Benin will take over
the ownership of the fund in line with the National Edict Act of 1979.
We do not want this to happen as it will not augur to our best interest,
having worked all our lives in the banking sector, that is why I
contacted you for us to do the deal together with absolute confidence,
so that you will be portrayed as the bonafide beneficiary and an
immediate next of kin to the deceased. I will give you further
directives, advice and all needed information¢s required for
thistransaction as soon as I receive your positive response.
if you accept to carry out this transaction with us, we have resolved
offering to you 30% of the total sum as commission, extra 10% of all
proceeds to be generated from subsequent profit-viable investments
projects and you will be compensated with an executive office in the
project. The first-phase shall be a five (5) year irrevocable
contractual business partnership. We will invest 50% of our shares into
your firm if you already have one provided that is profit orientated. 5%
of the total fund will be set aside to re-imburse all expenses incurred
in this course of this transaction. This transfer will automatically be
affected within 7 working days.
Be rest assured that with the
underground work i have laid so far, that this transaction carries no
risk and no extra burdens on your part, except the above mentioned
nominal roles you are required to fulfil and similarly will be required
tomaintain absolute information secrecy throughout the duration of this
transaction, because discussing and exhibiting it with a third party
might jeopardise the entire transaction.
I will give you directives and
all needed information as soon as I receive your positive response.
Kindly understand that we could not carry out this fund-transfer on our
own, based on the simple facts that we are civil servants and presently
bank staffs and this office excludes us from operating foreign accounts,
moreover conducting such magnanimous transaction from the same place
where we belong to/coming from will raise eyebrows on our side and the
truth is that this fund belongs to a foreigner, and as such demands same
as next of kin.
I am looking forward to receiving your interesting
response on this project as this will greatly enrich the both of us at
the end. please you are required to reply this message as a matter of
Mr. Ali Musa
Direct Tel + 229 97 01 93 22
PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR THIS E-MAIL ADDRESSE (email@example.com) AND