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From: AKA JOHN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 18:12:23 +0100 (CET)
Subject: From: Mr. John Aka
From: Mr. John Aka
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire
West - Africa
I am Mr. John Aka, I work in the Accounts/ Operations Department of a Prime banks here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire. I have urgent and very confidential business proposal for you. I actually got your contact from Internet and decided to contact you immediately.
On January 30th 2000, An American Oil Consultant/ Contractor with the Societe Ivoirienne De Raffinage (SIR), Mr. George Edward, made a number time (fixed) deposits valued at US$8,750,000 (Eight Million, Seven Hundred & Fifty Thousand United States Dollars).
On investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Edward died along with his family in a plane crash. On further investigation, I discovered that Mr. George
Edward did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his Next of Kin proved abortive. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Edward did not declare any Next of Kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paper work. This sum of US$8,750,000 is still floating in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. For the past 5 to 6 years now, no one has ever come forward to claim the fund.
According to the Ivorian Laws, at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will be reverted to the ownership of the Ivorian Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. That is what gave way to this deal. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the Next of Kin to Mr. George Edward so that the fruits of this old man's labour
will not get into the hands of some government.
This is simple,
1. I will like you to provide me with a viable account details where this fund could be safely transferred into as Next of Kin of the former depositor.
2. We do not anticipate any risk/problem whatsoever, as all the loopholes has been taken care of and there is no risk involved in this deal. All the Computer work for this transaction will be done by me, including your name as the new Beneficiary of this fund.
You will be entitled to 30% of the total amount as your commission after the transaction. If you are interested and capableof handling this deal, please call me immediately or write. On receipt of your response, I shall then provide you with more details on how to go about it.
Please note that this is very confidential. And as I am still a staff with the bank here. I would not like to be known or mentioned as having knowledge of the deal but I will be giving you inside information on what to do.
Awaiting your urgent reply. You should send email to me. Do not forget to include your direct telephone and fax numbers for further communication.
Mr. John Aka
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