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From: "Barrister Jimmy" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 05:00:52 -0700
Subject: FROM JIMMY STUART CHAMBERS ESQ (LONDON)
* FROM THE DESK OF JIMMY STUART
Attorney Jimmy Stuart (Esq)
#240 New CASTRO STREET,
I apologize using this medium to reach you for a transaction/business of
this magnitude, but this is due to confidentiality and prompt access
reposed on this medium. I am the personal attorney to Late Mr. Andreas
Schranner, a German private Businessman who was into Property Sales
and Management who died in a plane crash (AF4590) in 2000, along with
his wife Maria, their daughter Andrea Eich and his husband Christian with
their children Katharina and maximillian.
See Web-Site http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm for the
confirmation of my story.
Since then, I have made several enquiries here in LONDON to locate any of my
clients extended relatives, but this has proved abortive untill i
personally went to your country"s embassy here in London to search their
data base and luckily i came across your email contact and that was when i
decided to contact you regarding this transaction.
My purpose of contacting you is to assist in repatriation of the Funds left
behind by my late client prior to his death before they get confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the Security Company where his deposits were
lodged in Madrid, Spain. The Security Company had issued me a notice to
provide the next of kin or have the Valuables Confiscated and handed over
to the Spanish Government.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating his extended relatives for over 7
years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the
deceased so that the Valuables valued at $USD$7.5 Million Dollars (Seven
Million Five Hundred Dollars Thousand United States Dollars) can be released
to you and then we can share the funds for your help.
I am willing to give you 35% of the funds.
I have all the necessary official and legal documents that can be used to
back up the claim. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us
in seeing this transaction through, and a guarantee that you will not sit or
divert my share of the valuables when it is released to you by the Security
Firm in Madrid Spain
I am constrained to take this action as a legal pratictioner, or else
corrupt bank officials would seize the Valuables, or the Spanish Government
would impound it into the already bloated National treasury where it would
be looted by corrupt politicians, or used to fund unnecessary wars that
will escalate and end up terminating innocent lives.
PLEASE REPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING:
1. FULL NAME:
2. DATE OF BIRTH:
3. CURRENT ADDRESS/COUNTRY:
5. PHONE /MOBILE/FAX NUMBERS:
If you are interested, contact me via my private email box, Or call me on my
office line so that we can discuss much better about this project that
involves a huge sum of money.
Reason of the requirements is to make sure that you are capable to handle
this transaction and also to enable me file an application with the Security
Company for the IMMEDIATE RELEASE of my late clients VAULT to you as his
next of kin.
Jimmy Stuart (ESQ)