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From: "JOHN LUGA" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 07:51:47 -0600
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED.
John Luga- Barrister at LawBankruptcy Law, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Family Law, commercial litigation , Immigration & Naturalization Law, Probate & Estate Administration, Wills, Taxation Law23 Adeyinka Close, Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria.Dear Friend
I am John Luga, an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine, who hereinafter shall be referred to as my client, died as the result of an auto crash in November 2004.I have contacted you to assist in distributing the money left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit valued at 7.4 million dollars is lodged.This bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated. My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my named client, since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage.
All legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kin will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest.
Barrister John luga