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From: "micheal woodgood" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 12:17:56 +0000
Subject: Greetings from Isle of Man.
Greetings from Isle of Man.
My name is Michael Goodwood. I am the Chairman, Audit
Committee, HSBC Bank PLC, Ramsey, Isle of Man. I am contacting you
in a non-official capacity and therefore require your
The purpose of my writing to you is because I am
searching for a foreign business partner who is in a
position to assist me with an urgent business
proposal, as time is not on my side. A partner, who
understands what confidentiality means and who has the
necessary facilities required in embarking on this
We had a client who deposited a huge sum of money
with one of our branches in Europe, who later died as
a result of a car crash in Valencia in November, 2001.
The client died intestate and nominated no successor
in title over the investments made with our Bank
Since the death of this client, I
personally have watched with keen interest to see the
next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has
come to claim his funds of 25 Million Euros deposited
with our Bank in 2000. This client
shares the same surname with you. It is for this
reason that I am contacting you.
In accordance with the European Trust and Federal
Laws, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, his
investments with our Bank shall revert to
ownership of the government of the country of the said
investments if nobody applies as the next of kin to
claim the investments.
Since you share the same surname with this client, I
want to present you to stand in as the next of kin so
that you and I can benefit from this investment
equally (i.e. 50% for you and 50% for me). I guarantee
that this will be executed under legitimate
arrangement that will protect us from any breach of
the law, as I will use my position to secure approvals
and guarantee the successful execution of this
If this proposal is acceptable to you, kindly indicate
your full names, your private telephone, fax numbers
and location where the money will be remitted. I will
instruct you on the next step to take and also send you
HSBC Bank PLC "Next of kin" application form for you to complete
and return directly to the Head of administration.
I look forward to your earliest response.
With warm greetings,
IM99 1BU Ramsey
Isle of Man