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From: "charles.chambersng1 Gazeta.pl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:32:47 -0700
Subject: Claim as Next of Kin
Attention: Sir /Madam,
I am Barrister Charles Gali (Esq) , I am the Personal Attorney to
(Mr.Henry Booman) , a native of your country, who use to work with Jangle
Cement Company here in Nigeria, on the 2nd of Dec. 2006, my client and his
wife ,got involved in a car accident, all occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost there lives.
Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my clients
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to trace his relatives
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence
I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund
left behind by my late client because the bank have asked me as his lawyer
to produce his next of kin .
Particularly, Bank have given me a notice to provide the next of kin to
claim the contract valued at about US$11 Million Dollars or have the amount
confiscated ,since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for
over years, now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased since your a foreigner and have the same surname so that the
proceeds of this account valued at US$11 Million can be paid to you.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this dealt
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law of your country
and my country too as a professional legal attorney in the field.
Finally,kindly maintain confidentiality between me and you on this
transaction.Kindly get back to me through my private email(
I await your urgent response.
Barrister Charles Gali (Esq).