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From: "Dinther Helmut"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2009 16:04:13 +0300
Subject: Beneficiary opportunity.
Mr. Dinther Helmut UdoValiant Privat Bank AGPostfach,3001 Bern,Switzerland.Confidential Tel : +870-764107753Confidential Fax : +870-764107751Email: email@example.comHello,I am contacting you on a business transaction of a huge sum of moneyfrom a deceased account, though I know a transaction of this magnitudewill make any one apprehensive and worried, but Iím assuring you thatall will be well at the end of the day and this is why am contacting youdue to the urgency of this transaction.We discovered an abandoned sum of (Seven million five hundred ThousandUnited States dollars) in an account that belongs to one of Our foreigncustomer who died along side with his entire family, and ever Since hisdeath none of his next of kin or relations has come forward to lay claimfor this money as his heir.We cannot release the funds from his account unless someone applies forClaim as the next of kin to the deceased as indicated on our bankingGuidelines. Upon this discovery we now seek your permission to have youstand as a next of kin to the deceased in which all documentations Will becarefully worked out by us for the (Seven million five hundred ThousandUnited States dollars) to be released in your favour as theBeneficiaryís/next of kin to the deceased. And It may interest you to knowthat we have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any ofthe deceased beneficiary.Kindly acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutualbusiness endeavour by furnishing me with the following;1. Beneficiary name and contact address.2. Direct telephone, fax and Mobile numbers.3. Date of birth and occupation.These requirements will enable us file letter of claim to the appropriatedepartments and authorities for necessary approvals for the release of thefunds in your favour, before the transfer can be made to you. And we will becompensating you with thirty percent of the total funds on final conclusion ofthis project, while the rest will be for us and for investment purposes.If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the trustwe have bestowed in you.NB: If you are willing to assist me, including the information's i have requestedfrom you, call me on my confidential Tel: +870-764107753. For further details onwhat to do next.I await your response and call.Please call me and Respond to Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgRegards.Mr. Dinther Helmut Udo.Confidential Tel : +870-764107753Confidential Fax : +870-764107751.