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From: amir obodo030 <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 21:29:00 +0000
Subject: URGENT RESPOND NEEDED
FROM MR AMIR OBODO.BILL & EXCHANGE MANAGER/ AUDITING.AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK(ADB)BURKINA-FASO WEST AFRICA. DIRECT NUMBER TEL/ 00226 76 61 65 94 My Dear Friend, I am the bill and exchange manager at FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT,In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of U.S $10.5million US dollars, TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS in an account that belonged to one of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family in a plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or a business associate to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidlines and laws, but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you so that the bank can release the money to you as the next of kin or a business associate to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. Since the bank law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Six years the money will be transfered into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin.
I agree that 40% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10% will be set aside for expenses incured during the usiness and 50% would be for me and my Family. There after I and my Family will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated and for some possible investment under your kind control.Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,you must apply first to the bank as a business associate or next of kin of the deceased person. 1. Your Full Names and Address. 2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers. please i will like this transaction to be strictly between you and i Upon receipt of your reply, I will start by giving to you the application which you will fill and send to the bank.
I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer and given your 100% full assurance and risk free transaction.You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this mail, Trusting to hear from you immediately, Yours faithfully.
FROM MR AMIR OBODO.BILL & EXCHANGE MANAGER/ AUDITING.AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK(ADB)BURKINA-FASO WEST AFRICA. DIRECT NUMBER TEL/ 00226 76 61 65 94
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