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From: "Dr.michael Richard" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 12:16:10 +0000
Subject: I HOPE TO READ YOUR QUICKLY RESPONSE
FROM THE DESK OF DR.MICHAEL RICHARD.
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT.
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
BANK OF AFRICA (BOA)OUAGA-BURKINA FASO
TOP SECRET BANK INFORMATION'S
With presumed reliance, let me introduce myself. My Name is Dr.Michael
Richard. I am the Auditing and Accounting Officer Of Bank of Africa (BOA).
During the routine check in my branch, I discovered an abandoned sum of
forty million united states dollars,(USD$40m). in an account belonging to an
expatriate customer Mr. Frederic Aaron, a mining consultant/contractor with
one of the leading oil company in Ouaga-Burkina Faso before his accidental
death on Saturday 4Th May 2002 in Nigeria via the ill-fated EAS Airline
Ever since then, valuable efforts have been made to get to his people but to
no avail, as he had no known relatives and more so, he used his wife's name
as his next of kin in his account opening forms. I have been expecting is
relatives to come over to claim his money as it cannot be claimed unless
somebody applies officially for it as his next of kin as indicated in our
banking guide but no avail. Unfortunately, I discovered that his supposed
next of kin (his wife and children) died with him over the plane crash
Over the years, I decided to look for the necessary papers relating to the
deposit in order to make business out of it as the deposit was made in my
branch. Now that all papers are ready, I am asking for your assistant to
release the money to you as his relation/next of kin for safekeeping and
subsequent disbursement. I know that a transaction of this magnitude will
make any one apprehensive but I am assuring you of the Security of us all as
modalities have been perfected for a swift and smooth operation.
Since nobody showed up for his money and I don't want it to go back into
Burkina Faso Government account as unclaimed bill when the next audit is
conducted. The banking law and guideline here stipulates that such money if
remain unclaimed, will be transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed
effect. The request of a foreigner to act as next of kin in this business is
occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a citizen of
Burkina Faso cannot stand as next of kin to foreigner.
You are most qualified in this transaction as you share the same name with
the deceased. I am ready to negotiate the mode of sharing with you. I will
visit your country for the disbursement/investing of my share according to
the percentages we shall agree upon after the successful transfer of the
money to your account. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this
transaction is 100% hitch-free and there is absolutely no risk in it, having
concluded the modalities for a smooth operation and my position in the bank
guarantees its successful execution.
All I require is your honest co-operation, a guarantee of your sincerity and
capability to enable us conclude this deal. Note however that the sensitive
nature of this transaction demands that you have to keep it absolutely
confidential. Please accept my apologies, keep my confidence and disregard
this letter if you do not appreciate this proposition. I hope to get your
quick response to my private email(firstname.lastname@example.org)By
acknowledge, Please call me on this number +226-76-60-94-42.For more
Thanks and my best greetings to your family.
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