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From: Fatou Cool <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 22:15:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: BUSINESS CONNECTION.
Greeting and compliment of the seasoning to you over in your country. I hope you are fine and living in good atmospheric condition. I am Mrs. Ahalam Mohammed from Abidjan Coted'Ivoire in western part of Africa.
I know quite alright that this mail we look suspicious as far we have not see or meet each other in person but this is a very good opportunity for both of us if you can reason along with my explanation.
I am an Banker by profession working in a reputable bank here in West Africa. I am general auditor for both private and government banks in this country so I monitor and part take in the annual auditing of the banks.
During the course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 1990 and since then nobody has operated on this account, after going through some old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died without a traces.
Hence the money is intact i decide to remit the money out into a foreign account of agreed matured person that is ready for this joint transaction. The owner of this account is Mr.Allan P.Seaman, a foreigner also an industrialist he died since 1993 and no other person knows about this account or
any thing concerning it.
The account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that Mr. Allan P. Seaman until his death was the manager Diamond Safari [pty]. SA. We want to transfer to overseas the sum of ($ 15,000.000 USD) Fifteen million United States Dollars) through the deposited bank here in
Abidjan over to your country.
I want to ask you to quietly look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive this money, even an empty Account can serve to receive this money as long as you will remain honest to us till the
end for this transaction.
I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local person here without valid international foreign passport or drivers license as proof of identification.
However, we will sign a binding agreement of contract that none of us will betray each other especially if the fund reaches your Account. You are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this business please reply urgent so that I will inform you the next step to take.
In other to make things cleared I am informing you that if at all you derive any doubt in this matter I can guarantee your coming here to my country for this transaction because due to the Internet fraud people are fear to have a relationship or business with unknown person or group.
In this regards I shall be waiting your best opinion and interest in your next mail. I need your strong assurance that you will never betray us if the money reaches you.
With my influence and the position in the bank we can transfer this money to any foreigner's reliable account which you provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending my arrival to your country for sharing of the fund.
I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately I hear your readiness in receiving this fund in your account because I am going to represent the interest of the co-participants to have our share after the fund has been confirmed by your bank authority. I will fly to your country a day to the
confirmation of the fund into your account because we will not like to loose such money to a wrong hand.
I will use my position and influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance from the relevant ministries and foreign exchange departments with the aid a Senior Advocate that is also involve in this transaction.
At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 25% of the total amount while the sum of 65% will be for other participants here in my country. The sum of 10% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the processing.
If you find this proposal interesting do forward to me your full name, address, telephone/fax number and the photo page of your international passport or drivers license which I shall submit for the lawyer for the legal formalities.
I shall also furnish you my details so as to have my identification and again the lodgment receipt of the fund will be forward to you for better verification with the details of the bank which the money was deposited.
I need your full co-operation to make this work done as early as possible. The concern management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of his/her account.
Once I am convinced that you are capable and willing to involve in this transaction I will continue with you with maximum trust and honest. You can contact me via this address for better discussion
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