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From: "David Thompson" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:59:58 +0100
FROM: MR. DAVID THOMPSON
MANAGER GULF BANK PLC
TAURUS PLAZA, ELEGANZA BUILDING
WHARF ROAD, APAPA, LAGOS-NIGERIA.
YOUR ATTENTION PLS.
My name is MR DAVID THOMPSON, credit manager Gulf Bank Plc. I am pleased to
inform you about my interest to use your Bank account for a deposit of
$9.5Milliom with the Bank. It may surprise you,but just give me your
An AMERICAN Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National petroleum
Corporation, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar
months,valued at US$9,500,000.00 (Nine Million Five hundred thousand
Dollars)with Gulf Bank Plc. Ever since then, a routine notification has been
sent several times to him, without reply.
I discovered from his contract employee, the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation that my client is dead. Unfortunately, was a victim of the
AF4590 German Concorde plane that crashed in France.
On further investigation the entire family was in the plane, and no
declaretion of inheritance on the deposit made to the Bank, as he intend to
invest in ASIA.
I have made several research since last year, to reach any of his relation
or family member for claim, without success, and the management of the Gulf
Bank Plc is planning to confiscate the fund by the end of this month
quarter, since the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum for
I want you to stand in as the next of Kin to the deceased since you bear the
same surname with him,for us to save the fruits of the old man's labour
before it get to the hands of some corrupt selfish officials of the
government,whose interest is to confiscate this fund within 14 days from
As soon as you consent to this request, I will immediately employ the
service of a lawyer to notarize the WILL and obtain the necessary documents
and letter of probate/administration in your favor of you for the transfer
of the fund to your Bank account.
You will receive; 50% of the total sum as compensation, base on your good
intention to help me secure the fund in your account. I would also like to
use 5% of the fund to rasie a reputable charity home or Foundation in the
name of the deceased. My position here as the Branch Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction.
Looking forward to your urgent anticipation to this offer. Reply to my
alternate email address at ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
MR DAVID THOMPSON