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From: "Mr Ben Seal Cole" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 11:18:45 +0100
Subject: Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee
FROM: MR. BEN SEAL COLE.
Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee.
Tel:+44 70457 35084
We are pleased to inform you that We are World Debt Reconciliation Committee
newly set up by The International Bank For Reconciliation And Development
(WORLD BANK)and the International Monetary Fund(IMF)based on series of
petitions we received from International Bodies such as Co-operate Bodies
and Non-Governmental Organizations(NGO)on the inability of some Government
countries in the World, Commercial banks and World Lottery Organization to
settle their clients Contract debt, Inheritance Fund and Winning prize fund.
After an extensive close door meeting between the Board of Directors of
WORLD BANK AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND), It was resolved and agreed upon
that this body-WORLD INTERNATIONAL DEBT RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE will work
extensively to ensure that all outstanding
Contract Payment, Your Inheritance and Lottery Winning prize fund will be
paid without any hitch and delay through the World Bank and IMF Insurance
It may interest you to know that during our investigation, we uncovered an
outstanding unpaid/unclaimed sum of money in your name and a mandate has
been given to our commitee,World Debt Reconciliation Committee, to contact
you for the payment of your funds.
Note that on receipt of your confirmation,your funds which we have recovered
from where it has been held up will be processed for immediate payment based
on your choice of payment.
Urgently furnish this Office with your contact information to enable us open
up communication with you regarding the payment of your fund.
You are advised to contact us immediately for further details.
MR.BEN SEAL COLE.
Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee