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From: g a <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 11:00:02 +0000
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF ESTATE
Please pardon me as I am aware that this is not a conventional way of relaying an important message such as this. I did try without success to locate either your contact address or fax number and as such, I sorted in contacting you via email.
My name is Mr.Gary Anderson, a senior partner in the firm of Marcei Consults Inc, in Nottingham, United Kingdom; we are a Private Investigators,Security Consultants and Financial Managers. We are conducting a standard process investigation/Recommendation on behalf of African Development Bank Group (ADB), The African Investment Banking Conglomerate.This investigation involves an account holder (Name Withheld) who bears the same surname with you and also the circumstances surrounding his investments at ADB Invest Account, the Investment Banking arm of African Development Bank Group. The ADB Private Investment client died intestate and nominated no successor in title over the investments made with the bank amounting to over SEVEN Million US Dollars.The essence of this communication with you is to request that you provide us information/comments on any or all of the four issues as regards nominating you to inherit the fund left behind by this client.
Your answers and response(s) to the questions raised below will determine our
recommendation to the ADB towards legally appointing you to inherit this investment fund after certified investigation has yielded results showing that there is no known relation of the deceased client.
1-Are you aware of any relative/relation born on the 2nd of February 1951, who bears your same surname whose last known contact address was Angola,South Africa?
2-Are you aware of any investment of considerable value made by such a person at the Investment Banking Division of ADB Bank Group?
3-Can you confirm your willingness to accept this inheritance if you are legally and legitimately appointed.
4-Would you agree to donate part of this inheritance to charity if you are officially approved to stand as the inheritor?
It is pertinent that you inform me ASAP whether or not you are familiar with this personality or and your interest towards the issues mentioned.
You must appreciate that we are constrained from providing you with more detailed information at this point. We will provide you with additional information upon receipt of your response.
Thank you for accommodating our inquiry.
Marcei Consults Inc.
Nottingham. NG7 6LH