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From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 03:28:23 +0800
Subject: Dear Friend,
Dr. Chris Tony PhD
Orient Bank (Nig) Plc
54, Marina Street, Lagos,
I am an accountant with Orient Bank (Nig) Plc. My Name is Dr. Chris Tony a Banker. I am the ACCOUNTS MANAGER TO ENGINEER (George Dennis) a National of your country, who is a contractor with the DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES MARINA STREET, LAGOS.
On January 30th 2000, my cousin, his wife and three children were involved in the Kenya airways flight with registration number 5Y-BEN which departed from Nairobi to Lagos, the entire family died in this fatal air crash.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my cousin before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged, particularly the Orient Bank (Nig) Plc.
Where the deceased had an account Valued at ($15 million U.S Dollars) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 6 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased all I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me from any breach of the law.