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From: =?iso-8859-1?q?james=20bamgu?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:57:28 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: COMPLIMENT OF SEASON MY DEAREST ONE
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- FROM MR.JAMES BAMGURA. ACCOUNTS/AUDITS DEPARTMENT, ECOBANK PLC.COTONOU,REPUBLIC OF BENIN,WEST AFRICA My Good Friend, Greetings To You And Your Family. It Is After An Abortive Discreet And Thorough Investigations At The Foreign Affairs Office Of The COTONOU,REPUBLIC OF BENIN Chamber Of Commerce And Industries Inoder To Locate A Reliable Foreigner, Who Will Assist Me In Executing This Deal, I with Absolute Confidence In The Dignity And Intergrity Of Your Personality, Wished To Contact And Introduce To You A Great Beneficial Business Which Fundamentally,Is Based On Mutual Trust And Sense Of Purpose. Briefly, I am Mr. JAMES BAMGURA,director In Charge Of Auditing And Accounting Section Of ECOBANK PLC,COTONOU,REPUBLIC OF BENIN,WEST AFRICA. With Due Respects And Regards,This Business Transaction Will Be Very Beneficial To Both Of Us At The End. During Investigations And Auditing In This Bank,I Came Across A Dormant Account With A Huge Amount Of Money Belonging To A Deceased Customer,"REPUBLIC OF BENIN BASED" Business Magnate Who Died With His Entire Family,In The Boeing 727 Air crash On Friday 26th December 2003.( 11:15 AM EST (1615 GMT),This Is The Crash Website,Pls Kindly View It For Your Confirmation: www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash/. No Body Was Recovered From The Crash.This fund Has Been Dormant In His Account With My Bank without Any Claim Of The Fund That Is In Our Custody Neither From His Family Or Relation Before My Discovery To This Development. Although,I Personally Kept This Information Secret To Enable The Whole Plans And Ideas Be Carried Out Successfuly During The Time Of Execution.The Said Amount Is Fifteen million United States dollars Only( US$15 M ). Meanwhile All The Arrangement To Put Claim Over This Fund As The Bonafide Next Of Kin To The Deceased Customer,To Get The Required Approval And Transfer Of This Money To A Foreign Account Has Been Put In Place By Me. Also Directives And Needed Information Will Be Related To You As Soon As You Indicate Your Interest And Willingness To Assist Me In This Deal. In fact I Could Have Done This Deal Alone,But Because Of My Position In This Country As A Civil Servant,We Are Not Allowed To Operate A Foreign Account And It Would Eventually Raise An Eye Brow On My Side During The Time Of Transfer Because I Work In This Bank. This Is The Actual Reason Why It Will Require A Second Party And A Foriegner,Who Will Be Portrayed As The Next Of Kin To The Deceased Customer. I Will Not Fail To Inform You That This Transaction Is 100% Risk Free And Your Entitlement As Gratification Is Negotiable Upon Your Acceptance Of This Proposal. Upon The Conclussion Of This Transaction And You Confirm The Fund In Your Bank Account, Some Percentages Out Of The Total Involved Fund Will Be Aside To Take Care Of Expenses That Was Incured During The Processing Of The Claims And Transfer Of The Fund. Please,You Have Been Adviced Absolutely To Keep This Transaction As Top Secret Because Iam Still In Service And I Intended To Retire From Service After Concluding This Deal With You. I Will Be Monitoring The Whole Situation Here In This Bank Until You Confirm The Money In Your Account,And Ask Me To Come Down To Your Country For Subsequent Sharing Of The Fund According To Percentages Which We May Agree On,And For My investment In Your Country Also. All Other Necessary Information Will Be Sent To You When I Hear From You. I Suggest You Get Back To Me As Soon As Possible,Stating Your Wish In This Transaction Proposal. Yours Faithfully, Mr. JAMES BAMGURA EMAIL:(firstname.lastname@example.org)