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From: mrjohn elisa <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 08:04:03 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Urgent! With Trust My Good Friend.
FROM THE DESK OF MR. JOHN ELISA
THE AUDITING MANAGER OF BANGUE TOGOLAISE
LE COMMERCE ET INDUSTRIE (BTCI)
HEAD OFFICE LOME-TOGO
DIRECT PHONE LINE:+228 993 7027
Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious. This letter must come to you as a big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and become great friends and business partners. My name is Mr. John Elisa, the Auditing Manager of Banque Togolaise Pour Le Commerce Et Industrie (BTCI) Lome Togo. I write you this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you. Like I said, I have a transaction that will benefit both of us, as your assistance is required as a foreigner.
I use to head the Accounts department in my bank head office, but last December I was asked to take position of a Auditing Manager of our branch in Kumasi who passed on, so that was how I became the present Manager and discovered a fortune. As I resumed duty, I discovered an account with total sum of U.S $3.5 M (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).that has not been operated on for the past 4 years. From my investigation, I found out that this account belongs to one Late Mr. Frans Mulyadi an Indonesia great industrialist and a resident of Lome Togo, who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Union des Transports Africains Flight UTA 141 which crashed on Friday, 26 December, 2003, including his wife and only daughter. You shall read more news about the crash on visiting this site which I got during my investigation;
The account is escrow call account, a secret type of account in my bank and no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary. I have kept a close monitoring of the account since then and nobody has come forward to ask about the money as next of kin to the late Mr.Frans Mulyadi, meaning that no one is aware of the account. I cannot directly take out this money without the help of a foreigner and that is why I am contacting you for an assistance to claim the funds and share it with me. As the Auditing Manager of my bank branch, I have the power to influence the release of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the next of kin to the account, with the correct information concerning the account, which I shall give you.
I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the next of kin to the account, so that my bank head quarters will release the funds to yous. There is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how you wish us to share the funds in percentage, so that both parties will be satisfied. Contact me as soon as you receive this message if you feel we can work together, so we can go over the details. Thanking you in advance and may God bless you. Please, treat with utmost confidentiality. I wait your urgent response.
MR. JOHN ELISA
THE AUDITING MANAGER OF BANGUE TOGOLAISE LE COMMERCE ET INDUSTRIE (BTCI) OF TOGO
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