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From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Fran=E7ois_AMORIN?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 14:50:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Attention: Joe Wein
Amorin Law Firm (Avocat a la cours)
01 BP 50
Please kindly accept my apology for sending unsolicited mail to you. I believe you are a highly respected personality, considering the fact that I sourced your profile from a human resource profile database on your country. Though, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events. Well, I am François AMORIN, a Solicitor and the Personal Attorney to Late Mr. Michael. Wein, a national of your country, who used to work as the Director of Produits petroliers (TOTAL BENIN) in Benin Republic West Africa.
On the 26th of November 2003, my client, His wife and their three Children were involved in a car accident Along Sagbama express-road. Unfortunately, they all lost their lives in the event of the accident. Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but to no avail, hence, I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank here.. These huge deposits were lodged particularly; with the "BANQUE ATLANTIQUE DU BENIN (BAB)" An affiliate of Commercial Bank of Africa where the Deceased had an account valued about $12.500.000.00 Dollars (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only).
The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated. Since I have been unsuccessful in Locating the relatives for over Five years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name with him so that the proceeds of this account valued about $12.5 million dollars can be paid to you and then the sharing ratio should be 50% for me and 50% for you, I have all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up with our claim we will make with the Bank.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this Deal through and I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
And the way we are going to achieve this is that I will need the following information from you:
Your Full Name and Address, Your Age, Occupation and Position, Your Telephone and Mobile for Communication Purpose.
l await your reply as soon as possible.