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From: "eke william" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 13:32:32 +0100
Subject: PLEASE REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
FROM MR.WILLIAMS EKE.
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
UNION BANK PLC
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
I am highly delighted to be in contact with you and sorry for the
embarrassment this mail might be to you as we have not met or known each
Firstly,Let me introduce myself. My name is Mr. Williams Eke, I am the
auditing and accounting officer of Union Bank Plc .I got your contact over
the Internet in my search for the relatives of one of our numerous customers
who died alongside with his family in an air crash. During the routine check
in my branch, I discovered an abandoned sum of Twelve million Five hundred
united states dollars,(USD$12.5m). in an account belonging to an expatriate
customer Mr.Lynn Roy, a mining consultant/contractor with one of the leading
oil company in Federal Republic of Nigera before his accidental death on
Saturday 4Th May 2002 in Nigeria via the ill-fated EAS Airline crash.
Ever since then, valuable efforts have been made to get to his people but to
no avail, as he had no known relatives and more so, he used his wife's name
as his next of kin in his account opening forms. I have been expecting his
relatives to come over to claim his money as it cannot be claimed unless
somebody applies officially for it as his next of kin as indicated in our
banking guide but no avail. Unfortunately, I discovered that his supposed
next of kin (his wife and children) died with him over the plane crash
Over the years, I decided to look for the necessary papers relating to the
deposit in order to make business out of it as the deposit was made in my
branch. Now that all papers are ready, I am asking for your assistant to
release the money to you as his relation/next of kin for safekeeping and
subsequent disbursement. I know that a transaction of this magnitude will
make any one apprehensive but I am assuring you of the Security of us all as
modalities have been perfected for a swift and smooth operation.
You are being contacted because Since nobody showed up for his money and I
don't want it to go back into Federal Republic Of Nigeria account as
unclaimed bill when the next audit is conducted. The banking law and
guideline here stipulates that such money if remain unclaimed, will be
transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed effect. The request of a
foreigner to act as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact
that the customer was a foreigner and a citizen of Federal Republic Of
Nigeria cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. I am ready to negotiate
the mode of sharing with you. I will visit your country for the
disbursement/investing of my share according to the percentages we shall
agree upon after the successful transfer of the money to your account. I
will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is 100%
hitch-free and that there is absolutely no risk in it, having concluded the
modalities for a smooth operation and my position in the bank guarantees its
All I require is your honest co-operation, a guarantee of your sincerity and
capability to enable us conclude this deal. Note however that the sensitive
nature of this transaction demands that you have to keep it absolutely
confidential. Please accept my apologies, keep my confidence and disregard
this letter if you do not appreciate this proposition.
Thank you very much for your time.
Trusting to hear from you immediately,