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From: "MR. BRACON SMITH" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 09:01:42 -0400
Subject: JOIN ME IN THIS PARTNERSHIP; http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9708/06/guam.passenger.list
FROM THE ACTING MANAGER/ CONTROLLER FOREIGN INVESTMENTS AND BILLS
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA.
My name is Mr. Bracon Smith The Acting Manager/ controller Foreign
Investments And Bills Republic of South Africa,
I am writing in respect of a foreign customer in one of our banks with
account number 908-14-255-114 whose name is Cho Kwiyoung(Mr.), an American
citizen who died in a plane crash [Korean Air Flight 801] with the whole
passengers onboard on August 6,1997. And for your perusal you can view this
Since the demise of this customer, I personally has watched with keen
interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has
come to claim his funds of US$20.5M (Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) which has been with our branch for a very long time.
On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next
of Kin as no one has come up as his next of kin. And our monetary laws here
does not allow such money to stay more than eight years in the bank, because
the money will be disbursed by the government since funds are unclaimed.
In view of this, I got your contact through the internet research as I was
making a research on a foreigner who will assist me in this great
opportunity. For your assistant I am willing give you 20% of the total
Upon the receipt of your response, I will send you by fax or e-mail the
letter of application for the release of the funds which you will fill, sign
and send back to our office to enable us start this processing of this
claim. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch
free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for the
smooth and easy transfer of this fund has been finalized, this transaction
will be completed within seven banking days of receiving your response,
after you apply to the National Treasury as a relation to the deceased. When
you receive this letter. Kindly send me an e-mail or fax signifying your
Please include your private Tel/Fax numbers for quick communication on my
personal email address:email@example.com
MR. BRACON SMITH.
FAX: +27 732 742 076
TEL: +27 839 820 957