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From: RICHARD MARK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 09:03:21 +0000
Subject: I NEED YOUR URGENT REPLY
My name is Dr. Richard Mark, Director of the Auditing and Accounting Department, Foreign Operations Department of a financial institution I working. I have an urgent and confidential business proposal for you. On June 6, 1999, an American oil consultant/contractor with (N N P C) Mr. William Barnes made a 12 months numbered time (fixed) deposit worth US$36.000.000.00 (Thirty six Million US Dollars) with my bank.
This deposit was to secure the American contractor's bid for the job of constructing a pipeline from Nigeria to the Republic of Ghana to supply oil and gas around the West African Sub Region. On maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got no reply.
After months we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employee (N N P C) that Mr. William Barnes was involved in a plane crash with Egyptian Airline 990 as you can see From the website below;
I therefore made some investigations and discovered that Late Mr. William Barnes did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents including his deposit document in my bank. The total sum of US$36,000,000.00 is still in my bank as dormant acct. No one have ever come forward to claim it, for according to our banking law, after 10 (ten) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Government.
If the account owner is certified death and nobody comes forward to claim it. This is the situation, and my proposal is that I am asking for your assistance to stand in as the beneficiary to Late Mr. William Barnes, for us to transfer the money. All you have to do is agree to work with me in this transfer. The money will be transferred into your designated account. After the transfer, I will visit your country for disbursement in the ratio of 30% (thirty percent) for you, 5% (five percent) will be used to cover any contingency expense, 5% (five percent) will be donated to charity, the rest will be for me. You do not need to worry; its risk free and I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate Arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the Law.
I will use my position and connection in the bank here to do all the documentation work for the transaction. This transaction is risk free guaranteed. If you are interested, please reply confidentiality and be rest assured that this transaction could be most profitable for both of us. This transaction requires utmost confidentiality and secrecy.
Dr. Richard Mark
Audit and Account Department