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From: "john john" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 15:40:18 +0100
Subject: FROM: MR.JOHN MAESE.
FROM:THE DESK OF MR.JOHN.M. MBAKI,
AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK
COTONOU,REPUBLIC DU BENIN
Attn: Dear Friend,
My name is MR.JOHN MAESE MBAKI, and I work in the International Operation Department in a Bank(AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK)here in Benin.
On a routine inspection I discovered a dormant domiciliary account with a Balance of $8.5M usd (Eight Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) on further discreet investigation, I also discovered that the account holder has long since passed away (dead) leaving no beneficiary tothe account.
The bank will approve this money to any foreigner because the former operator of the account was a foreigner and from USA, in particular and I am certainly sure that he is dead, and nobody will come again for the claim of this money. A foreigner can only claim this money with legal claims to theaccount Holder, therefore I need your cooperation in this transaction.
I will provide the necessary information needed in order to claim this money, but you will need to open an account where this can be transferred. If interested send your private Telephone No. And Fax number including full details of the account to be used for the Deposit. I wish for utmostconfidentiality in handling this transaction as my job and the future of my family would be jeopardized if it were breached.
I want to assure you that the transaction is without risk if due process is followed accordingly.I will give you 50% for your corporation. Contact immediately for more information.
FINALLY, WHATEVER KIND OF BUSINESS YOU DO DOES NOT MATTER, ONCE YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNT IN THE BANK TO RECEIVE THE MONEY THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IN THIS MOMENT.
MR.JOHN MAESE MBAKI,
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in this message is confidential and may be legally privileged. The message is intended solely for the addressee(s). If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, or reproduction is strictly prohibitedand may be unlawful. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by return e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.
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