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From: "davecoleman2000" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 11:07:38 -0300
Subject: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND GET BACK TO ME!
FROM THE DESK OF DAVE COLEMAN
Department:senior manager accounts/audit
LA CAIXA BANK SPAIN
ATTENTION :PLEASE I DO NOT WISH TO EMBARRASS YOU IN ANY WAY.
Kindly accept my apology for sending unsolicited mail to you.
Although we never met before,but I have every reason to believe that
you are a highly respected personality, considering the fact that I got your E-
mail address through internet my online network, while searching for
a reliable and reputable person to handle this transaction.
I am a senior manager accounts/audit in LA CAIXA BANCO SPAIN. I am
writing following an oppurtunity in my office that will be of imense
benefit to both of us. In my department we discovered an abandoned
sum of 10.5million Euro(Ten million five hundred thousand Euro Only)
in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr.
Morris Thompson an American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane
crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31\2000,
including his wife and only daughter.
You shall read more about the crash on visiting this site which I got
during my investigation;
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
next of kin or relatves to come over and claim his money because we
cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or
relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only
daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with
the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon
this discovery that I and two other officials in this department now
decided to make business with you and release the money to you as the
next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this
money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed bill.
The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money
remained after six years the money will be transferred into banking
treasury as unclaimed funds.
We agreed that 35% of this money will be for you as
foreign partner,while the balance will be for my colleagues and I. I
will visit your country for the disbursement according to
the percentages indicated above once this money gets into your
account. Please be honest to me.
To commence this transaction, we require you to immediately indicate
your interest by a return e-mail and enclose the following
1. Full name
2: Your private telephone number and Fax number.
3. Occupation and Nationality.
Note this transaction is confidential and risk free.
As soon as you receive this mail contact me through my private e-mail
Please note that all the necessary arrangement for the smooth release
of these funds to you has been finalised.
We will discuss much in details when I do receive your