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From: Jeff Fickinger <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 03:11:57 +0000
Subject: CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
#4 Second Rangoon Close(Cnr Josef B Tito Ave) Cantonments, AccraGhana. Dear Sir/Madam, My name is Jeff Fickinger I am the operational manager in account management section in charge of credit and foreign bills of one of the prime banks here in Ghana. I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank who perished along with 114 people aboard on 4TH MAY, 2007 in Kenya Airways (Boeing 737-800) Crashed in Cameroon with the whole passengers aboard. Theres a domiciliary account opened in our bank in 2004 by this great late INDUSTRIALIST who died without a written or oral 'WILL' attached to the account. Since his death, I personally have watched with keen interest to see the next of kin, but all has proved abortive, sequel to the fact that no one has come to claim this funds and no other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and until his death he was the manager of his company. We wish to transfer the fund in this account out of the country and the total amount involved is $76,000,000.00 USD. [Seventy six million United States Dollars]. We wish to start the first transfer with $26,000,000.00 [Twenty six million] and upon successful transfer of the fund into your account, without any disappointment from your side, we shall re-apply for the transfer of the remaining balance to your account. I have secretly discussed this matter with the general manager of the bank who I must involve in order to have a smooth and a successful transfer of the fund to any foreign bank account which you are going to nominate. On this note, I decided to seek for a reliable foreigner who will act as the foreign beneficiary of the fund from the deceased by providing his/her bank account where the fund will be transferred into, for immediate investment on any viable project as no one has come up to be the next of kin to the deceased. The banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than Six years without claim hence the money will be recalled to the government treasury as unclaimed after this long period of dormancy. In view of this I got your contact through my random search in the Internet, to see if you can assist by providing a safe bank account for the transfer or find a reliable person who will be capable of receiving such amount. At the conclusion of the transfer 75% of the fund will be for me and my partners, well give you 20% of the total transfer sum, while the remaining 5% will be set aside to settle expenses both parties might incur during the transfer process. Upon the receipt of your reply, I will send to you detailed information about the transaction. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is 100% risk and trouble free and you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer can be finalized within 10 to 14 banking days, after youre apply to the bank as the beneficiary of the fund from the deceased. We will destroy all documents of transaction immediately the transfer is been concluded, leaving no trace to the transfer and to build confidence. When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail or you can contact me via any of my contact information as stated below. You should also include your private fax and phone numbers for easy and safe communication. Reply to:firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +233 240659076Fax: +233 271919728 Respectfully Yours,Jeff Fickinger