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From: "linda okeke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 09:03:22 +0000
Subject: FOR YOU ONLY.
FROM THE DESK OF:LINDA OKEKE.
LINK SERVE FINANCIAL HOME
CUMBRIA ENGLAND,CA28 7PN UNITED KINGDOM.
My name is LINDA OKEKE, the Director of Delivery/Operations in the
mentioned Security Company here in the UK, Our firm is a security
of high repute with years of outstanding services to the people of
Europe especially top government officials and military leaders in
I have resolved to contact you through this medium unofficially based
this business proposal that will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I
have not discussed this transaction with anybody because it is of top
To be explicit and straight to the point, some time early in 1997, a
reputable client of our company deposited a consignment with us for
keeping and since then our client has failed to come forward to claim
consignment which has accumulated a considerable amount of money in
demurrage.Consequently, in our bid to contact this client to redeem the
demurrage which his consignment had accumulated we discovered that our
client was the former President of Zaire, who died of illness after he
dethroned in the same year in France. The consignment was entrusted
our care and he never disclosed about it to anyone after a sworn
through our company head Attorney.
After the death of our client,none of his benefactors has come forward
claim the consignment with us, which means that none of his relation or
aides had any knowledge of this consignment. Hence out of curiosity, i
decided to secretly scan the box that our client deposited in our vault
and on opening it,i discovered that the two trunk boxes,that was
registered as treasures/gold by our client,actually contained a
considerable amount of money in the United States Dollars, amounting to
about US$48,000.000.00. I also found out from enquiries and the foreign
media that our late client siphoned a lot of money from his country
he was in office as Head of State. Based on this findings,I have been
nursing plans secretly to transfer the consignment for investment
because it is my conviction that the consignment in our vault was part
the money our client siphoned and now that he is dead, there is no
of this money in our care.
I am now soliciting your noble assistance to assist me in transferring
this money out of London to your State for immediate investment with
assistance based on your expertise advice. I have also decided that you
will generously be entitled to 25% of the total amount.Upon receipt of
your positive confirmation of your assistance,i shall i arrange and
transfer all the rights of ownership of this consignment to you as the
next of Kin and funds arrising as inherritance, to facilitate your easy
clearance and transfer of the complete funds/consignment to your
for onward investment.
All relevant documents/papers shall be assigned to you as the
and bear in mind,that this deal is risk free and beneficial. Please,
maintain absolute confidentiality on this matter while awaiting your
prompt and positive response with your mailinga address and contact
numbers for oral discussion and clarification.
My best regards,
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