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From: DR WERST SHANE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 18:28:51 +0200
Subject: FROM FRIEND
Dear Friend, 22-05-2006
I am Dr Werst Shane,Branch Manager, Westpac BankingCorporation London.
On January 6th 1999, one Mr. Mohamed Kamal Yasser ,anEgyptian National,a consultant/contractor with Gardiner & Theobald,a leading firm of project and cost
management consultants, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit,valued at £19,500,000.00(Nineteen Million,Five Hundred ThousandPounds)for twelve calender months inmy Bank Branch.
Upon Maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month,we senta reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers (Gardiner & Theobald) that Mr.Mohamed Kamal Yasser died from air disaster in October 31st, 1999.Onfurther investigation, it was discovered that he died without making a WILL (En-state) and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.Please go through this website to confirm this story
about the plane crash.http://www.greatdreams.com/PassEAir990.htm On further investigations, it was discovered that Late Mr Mohamed Kamal Yasser did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paper work here at the Bank.The total sum,£19,500,000.00 is still in my bank and the interest is being rolledover with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will
ever come forward to claim it.In accordance with the Banking Federal Laws and
constitution,at the expiration of 7 (seven) years,the money will revert to the ownership of the Government if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim the funds.
AS SOON AS YOU REPLY OR CALL ME I WILL TRANSFER THE MONEY TO ANOTHER BANK IN SPAIN WHERE I HAVE A POINTMAN.
Consequently, I shall present you as a foreign partner to stand in as the next of kin to late Mr. Mohamed Kamal Yasser so that you and I can benefitfrom the fruits of this old man's labour to enhance humanitarian Organisation Worldwide.
Upon acceptance of this proposal, I shall send to you either by fax or email a scanned copy of the Westpac Banking Corporation "Next of Kin Payment Application Form"as well as detailed information on how this deal would be transacted.
We shall employ the services of a solicitor for the drafting of the LAST WILL & TESTAMENT of Late Mr.Mohamed Kamal Yasser and to obtain all other
relevant papers in your name for the necessary documentation for payment approval in my bank headquarters in your favour.
The money will be shared in the ratio:Sixty percent for me, thirty five percentfor you and five percent for any arising contigencies during the course of this transaction.I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protectyou from any breach of the law as I will use my position as the Bank's Branch Manager to
secure approvals and guarantee the successful execution of this transaction.It will take only 7-10 working days to conclude this transaction.
Please be informed that your utmost confidentiality is required. If this interests you, please reply me immediately via the private email address below and please include your private phone number for voice contact and fax number so that I can provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction better.Awaiting your urgent reply.
Dr Werst Shane,
WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION LONDON