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From: Ahmed Abubakar <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:52:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dear Sir,I greet you in the name of GOD, the Beneficent, and the Merciful. Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you thatthis letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious.I want to transfer fund to overseas account the sum of ($30,000.000.00 USD)Thirty Million United States Dollars) from a Bank here in Nigeria West Africa.I want to ask you, If you are capable to quietly provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank account immediately to receive this fund,even an empty account can serve to receive this fund,as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this important business,trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me down either now or in future.I am AHMED ABUBAKAR,I WORK WITH FIDELITY BANK PLC During the course of our auditing last week, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 1997 and since 1999 till date, nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some !
old files in the records I discovered that the owner of the account died without a beneficiary to the account hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this fund out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.The owner of this account is Mr. Morris Thompson of 61, of Fairbanks,Alaska an American and a great industrialist,business leader and largest private land owner resident of Fairbanks City Alaska State who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed, including his wife(Thelma Thompson)and only daughter(Sheryl Thompson)leaving nobody to claim the fund.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 the account is a secret account. The total amount involve is Thirty Million United States Dollars only [$30,000.000.00]and I wish to transfer this fund into a safe foreigners account abroad.But I don't know any foreigner!
; I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this fund cannot be
approved to a local person here, but to a foreigner who has information about the account, which I shall give to you upon your positive response. I am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business,you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this business. So, please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently.I need your strong assurance that you will never let us down, me and a key bank official who is deeply involved with me in this business.I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. The bank official will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive this money leaving no trace to any place. 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 exc!
hange departments.At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 40% of the total amount, 50% will be for me, while 10% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring. Furthermore, the transaction is Risk Free, there is no risk involved and the utmost paramount of this transaction is Secret and Confidential due to my 15 years of meritious service with the Fidelity Bank Plc.Which I don't want to jeopardize.Note that,all correspondence should be by phone and by e-mail,I will be extremely happy if you can abide to my instructions, I believe the sky shall be our limit and I am willing to invest in your area of specialization at the end of this transaction. Feel free to contact me directly via my email address or telephone +234 808540-9323. Thanks for your anticipated co-operation Yours Sincerely, Ahmed Abubakar Fidelity Bank Plc You shall read more news about the crash on visiting this site;http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska!