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From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 19:09:34 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: How are You ?
>From the Desk of Dr.Mac Donald
United Bank for Africa Plc
Kaneshie Accra-North Branch,
Attn: DearÂ ,
I am Dr.Mac Donald an Accountant with United Bank for Africa (Ghana Branch),as you might not know me very well but by the end of this transaction you shall be thankful knowing somebody like me. During the end of our auditing of accounts at my branch Bank last year ending,I came across a ghost account, in which the account reads the sum of$25,000,000.00 (Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars).Â
I continued in my search and discovered that this said account was owned by one of our deceased customers and there was no next of kin affixed at the time of the deposit.Although personally i kept this informationâs secret within myself to enable the whole plan and idea be profitable and successful during execution and itâs my obligations to send myÂ financial nreports to our headquartersâ in Accra.Â
Before then i decided to place this money in what we call SUSPENSE account without any beneficiary.as a Senior Officer in the Bank I cannot directly claim this money here in Accra, on this ground I contact you for us to work together,so that you can assist and receive this money at any of your nominated Bank account for us to share. I have so placed this fund for the sharing 40% for you 50% for iÂ and the remaining 10% for any miscellaneous expenses in the course of the transaction.
I will also want you to understand that it is 100% risk free and legally blinded.It will strictly be bank to bank transfer; all I need from you is to represent the real depositor of this fund in our bank, so that my head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.Â
However, if my offer is granted by you, please do furnish me withÂ the following informationâs: Your Full name,Occupation/Position,Contact/Mailing Address, Date of Birth,Place of Birth, Marital Status,Gender, Educational Status, Tel/Fax Numbers,Nationality,Name of Your Next of Kin and Tel/E-mail address,to enable me fix themÂ in our account data file, so that you will be recognized in our bank as a customer before the onward transfer will be made.Â