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From: "Barr. Jerald Mike" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 22:53:37 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY
>From Barrister Jerald Mike.
Cotonou Republic of Benin.
Tel +229 97 36 95 33
I am Barrister Jerald Mike, a solicitor at law, personal attorney to Mr.Neal Walker a national Of United states of America, who used to work with Shell Development Company in COTONOU REPUBLIC OF BENIN Here in Africa. On the OCTOBER 31,1999, my client Mr. Neal Walker, with his entire family of his wife, 2 children and a maid died in a plane crash, on EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket, Massachusetts killing all 217 people aboard.
FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/11/01/iran/main49778.shtml)
Since the untimely death of Mr.Neal Walker, the funds has been dormant in his account with Afri Bank Benin without any claim. I have made several enquiries to the American embassy in his country U.S.A w ith frantic efforts to locate any of his relations or extended relatives, but all attempts failed and this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts to locate any member of his family, I have decided to contact you to put claim as next of kin to the deceased and to assist in repartrating the funds valued at usd$24.1M (Twenty four million One Hundred Thousand united states dollars). left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT AFRI BANK OF BENIN where this huge amount were
deposited. And also to avoid the board of directors of the Bank taking advantage of the funds.
AFRI BANK OF BENIN has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days. Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 5 years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceas ed since you are a foreigner, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid into your account at the same time advice me for a lucrative business investment which I will be managing or on the other hand help me to oversee on my behalf pending when I will come over to your country for sharing of the fund and further
investment. Everything have being put to place for a smooth operation as a legal attorney.
May I at this point emphasize that this transaction is 100% risk free, as I have made a successful arrangements as personal attorney to Mr.Neal Walker. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for this claim, all I require from you is your unflinching support, honest and cooperation to enable us see this transaction through and have the funds transferred to your nominated bank account.
The sharing ratio and modalities for transfer, On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 45% of the total sum as gratification, while 5% will be set aside to take care of any expenses we might encounter during the time process of the transfer of the above fund, like telephone bills, my travel ticket to come over to your country for the sharing of the fund, while 50% will be for me. Please, you have been adviced to keep this a top secret until you confirm the funds in your bank account. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Having done a thorough feasibility study on how to perfect the transfer of the funds to your bank account, your role shall be to send an application for claim of the funds to the bank as a next of kin or business partner to the late Mr. Neal walker. I also would require your contact address, telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.
Please, be rest assured once again that the business is 100% risk free and do not use the ad vantage to betray me once you recieve this fund into your account.
I am looking forward to receive your urgent response.
Have a great day.
Tel +229 97 36 95 33
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