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From: JOSE KWAME <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 19:19:23 +0300
Subject: PERSONAL MEMO
PERSONAL MEMOFrom:Dr.Jose Kwame.firstname.lastname@example.org MUTUAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL
I am Dr.Jose Kwame, an Audit official in a financial institution here in Accra [GHANA]. I am writing following an oppurtunity in my office that will be of imense benefit to both of us. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $17 Million dollars (SEVENTEEN MILLION DOLLARS.) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Morris Thompson an American whou nfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his wife and only daughter. You can read more about the crash by visiting this site which I got during my investigation;please try to go through the http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin or relatves to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and two other officials in this department now decided to make business with you and release the money to you as the next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it .
We dont want this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed bill.The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such money remained after eigh years the money will be transferred into banking treasury as unclaimed funds.
We agreed that 35% of this money will be for you as foreign partner,while the balance will be for my colleagues and me. I will visit your country for the disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this money gets into your account. Please be honest to me.
Note this transaction is confidential and risk free.
Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you has been finalised. We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response.
Thanks and waiting for your urgent reply.
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