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From: "Coulibally Kadute" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 23:17:14 +0000
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED CALL ME
FROM THE DESK OF:MR KADUTE COULIBALLY,
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK(A.D.B)
DIRECT TEL 00 226 76 44 96 52
Dear Sir/ Madam
I am Kadute Coulibally.the Director in charge of Auditing section in
African Development Bank(A.D.B) here in Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso in West
Africa.I Know that this business proposal may come to you as a suprise but
with due respect i want you to Forgive my indignation, if this message
comes to you as a surprise. AS IT MAY INTEREST YOU TO KNOW, I GOT YOUR
PROFILE WITH YOUR IMPRESSIVE INFORMATION THROUGH MY INTERNET SEARCH HERE IN
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO then I made up my minde to contact you on this
particular project that will be very beneficial to both of us for our future
welfare. During our auditing in this Bank,I came across some amount of money
belonging to a deceased foreigner who is also our customerand also one of
the share holder in our bank.
The name of the deceased is Mr.Sheu Yuan-dong he died with his wife and
their only daughter on February 16,1998 in a plane crash.Then the fund in
his account has been dormant in this bank for past seven years now,(without
been in service), now the bank has not see the next of kin or relation to
put claim to this fund in our bank custody. before my discovery to this
lastest development.the deceased is a nationality of Taiwan, He was the
Governor of Taiwan Central(Reserve)Bank. The said amount is U.S
$15.500(FIFTEEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS).And i
contacted you for the project to Asisst me for foriegn account where this
fund will be transferred, i saw this project as big business oppurtunity for
both of us because no body has report to this bank as a next of kin or
business partiner to this family, I want you to know that I never master
minded the death of the deceased. he is a big lost to this bank because he
is good customer.but i deceided to transferrred the fund out of this bank
instead the fund will be in bank Treasury. that is why i deceided to plnned
this deal with you,after my three days fasting and prayer
Their death was occured Naturally.
Please you can View the website: if it pleases you
FOR YOUR INFORMATION BEEN YOU NOT A TAIWANESE WILL NOT POSE ANY PROBLEM FOR
THE SUCESSFUL TRANSFER ON THIS FUND INTO YOUR ACCOUNT. All the whole
arrangement to put claim over this fund as the Bonafide next of kin to the
deceased has been put in place and directives will be relayed to you as soon
as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist me and also benefit
your self to this great business opportunity.
In this country as a civil servant(A Banker),we are not allowed to operate a
foreign account. This is the actual reason why it will require a second
party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin to the Bank and
also present a foreign account where he will need the money to be
transferred depend on your chioce. Our Banking law stipulates that if such
money remained unclaimed after seven years, the money will be transferred
into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.The request of foreigner as next of
kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a
foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin.
I dont want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.
rather i want it to be pull out of this bank.instead some the money will be
used in helping the motherlelss babies and poor masses in the street.Be
rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free.
On conclusion of this Project, you will be entitled to have 40% of the total
sum as gratification,while 60% will be for me.Please you have been adviced
to keep "topsecret" as I am still in service and intend to retire from
service after I conclude this deal with you. I will fly down to your country
for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously
indicated and further investment will be discussed.
On your acceptance to be my partner, please email me for a brief discussion
before we proceed. Please keep this proposal secret, even if you dont want
to assist me. I look forward to receive your urgent reply.thank you for
respecting my person. i want you to be convinced that the money is under
bank authorties dialogue before i contacted you.
Mr Kadute Coulibally
Director in charge of Auditing section ( ADB)
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