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From: "Malcolm Walters" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 09:34:57 +0100
Subject: FROM RADCLIFFE CHAMBERS LONDON, CALL ME IMMEDIATLY YOU RECEIVE THIS EMAIL.
11 New Square
London WC2A 3QB
DX: 319 London
Before I start,I must first Apologies for this unsolicited mail to you.I am
aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to starting a
relationship but as time goes on you will realize the need for my action. I
am Barrister MALCOLM WALTERS OF RADCLIFFE CHAMBERS LONDON .I am a Legal
representative to a private account owner Late Edward Burson, This mail is
written and intended to solicit your assistance to be presented as NEXT OF
KIN to my Late Client.
My Deceased Client Edward Burson, He made a fixed Deposit of Funds valued at
£30,500,000 GBP ( Thirty million Five hundred thousand British Pounds
Sterling) in a Bank.Unfortunately lost his life after a brief illness, which
and left no clear beneficiary as Next of Kin except some vital documents
related to the Deposit still with me. All efforts by me to trace his Next of
Kin proved abortive because he did not make any will prior to his death.
The Governing Body of the BANK where the fund was deposited has contacted me
on this matter and I am yet to provide the Next of Kin to lay claims to the
Fund. Under a clear and legitimate agreement with you,I shall seek your
consent to be presented as the next of Kin so that my late client's fund
will not be confiscated by the bank after a long period of time.
I propose a sharing formula of 50% for me while 40% for you if you will
agree to stand in as the next of kin and have this funds deposited into any
account that you will provide to the bank during the process of claim. i
will explain on my next email what the 10% balance would go for. If you are
interested in this proposition and you are ready to keep this proposition in
absolute confidentiality and trust, then contact me at once with your direct
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER where i can reach you, and we an work out the details.
Await your quick response.
(c) Radcliffe Chambers 2006