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From: "Dr. Diana Attafuah." <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 16:21:01 +0100
Subject: From Diana.
Dr. Diana Attafuah.
Manager International Commercial
Bank of Ghana Takoradi Branch.
I hope this may not constitute sort of embarrassment to you, first I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. But I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction, as I wish to reply on your discreteness and ability in transaction of this nature. Let me start by introduce myself properly to you; my name is Dr. Diana Attafuah. I am the regional Auditor General of the International Commercial Bank of Ghana.
I came to know you in my Private Search for a reliable and reputable person to handle this Confidential Transaction. I am 44years of age and married with 3 lovely kids. It may interest you to hear that I am a man of PEACE and INTERGRITY; I only hope we can assist each other.
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as the regional Auditor General of the International Commercial Bank; it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each year. On the course of last year 2005 end of year report, I discovered that an excess profit of four million five hundred and fifty thousand dollars (US$4,550,000.00) which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of. I have since place this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.
As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to this money, this is why I. contacting you for us to work so that you can assist and receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE. The sharing of the fund are thus: 45% for you 45% for me and the remaining 10% for any Tax or Vat expenses incurred in this transaction. Note that there are practically no risks involved in this transaction as it is 100% risk free and legally bonded, it will be bank to bank transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with Takoradi branch so that my Head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.
If you accept this offer to work with me provide me only with your account number, mobile number landline number Fax number, a copy of your international passport or your driving license and your complete home address to enable us folder this transaction.
Finally, I will be providing you with all the necessary documents you will need. Hope To hear from you soon.
Dr. Diana Attafuah.