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From: godwin okoh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 16:55:00 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: PLEASE TAKE TIME AND READ THANKS
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FROM MR GODWIN OKOH
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT.
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT.
UNION TOGOLAISE DE BAQUE(UTB)
LOME TOGO,WEST AFRICA.
TREAT URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL
I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise, please accept the content in good faith. I do not intend to cause any grief to you. The reason for sending this mail is very fundamental to the doctrine of human privileges and right. My name is Mr.Godwin okoh, the principal manager controlling the auditing and accounting section of UNION TOGOLAISE DE BANQUE lome-Togo in west Africa with due respect and regard.
I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction. During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany) who died along with his entire family on the 31 July 2000 in a plane crash. And the fund has been dormant in his account with this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody from any relation of his before our discovery to this development.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THIS SITE BELLOW
Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself and partner to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of execution. The said amount was (US$16.5M).
Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist us and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity that comes once in life.
In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this country as a civil servant, we are not allowed to operate a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of transfer because I work in this bank. This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to the Bank and also present a foreign account where he/she will need the money to be re-transfered into on his request as it may be after due verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted from to your own designation bank account.
May I at this point emphasize that this transaction is 100% risk free as I have made arrangements for a successful deal before contacting you.
On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 35% of the total sum as gratification, while 5% will be set aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the time of transfer processing and also telephone bills, while 60% will be for me.
Please, you have been adviced to keep top secret as we are still in service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with you.
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment, either in your country or any country you advice us to invest in.
All other necessary information will be sent to you when I hear from you.
call me on my confidential number
MR Mr.GODWIN OKOH.
- godwin okoh