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From: =?utf-8?q?Jimmy=20Terry=20Esq?= <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2008 07:52:11 +0530 (IST)
Subject: HLLO FRIEND CAN I ENTRUST YOU WITH THIS PROJECT
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attention:Beneficiary,I am Barrister Jimmy Terry. I have a client Mr.Jeffrey,who bears the same last name with you and a national of your Country who used to work with Amaco Associates Company in London, on the 22nd of May 2005, my client,his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident along Manchester Express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you.I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money left behind by my late client before they got confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Finance House where these huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the Finance House where the deceased had a consignment valued ab!
out Sixty Million United State dollars ($60,000,000.00) has issued me a notice to provide the next-of- kin or have the consignment confiscated within the next ten official working days.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over two year (2) Year now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this consignment valued about Sixty Million ($60,000,000.00) can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money, 50% to me and 50% for you. I will work out all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up this claim,all I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please get in touch with me by my secured and confidential email address immediately you acknowledge the good receipt of this message, do not forget to send me your direct telephone!
number, so that I can put a call through to you for an extensive disc
ussion on this deal.Anticipating your prompt response.Yours in service,Jimmy Terry Esq.