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From: "george attaigallah" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 17:51:40 +0100
Subject: PLEASE I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE.
*GEORGEATTAIGALLAH & CO.CHAMBERS
ATTORNEYS & COUNSELORS AT LAW
FEDERAL HIGH COURT BENIN
14 DEGBAGO CRESCENT,
COTONOU REPUBLIC OF BENIN.*
I George Attaigallah have decided to bestow this trust on you, which I pray
you will not ignore or betray.I appologize in advance for any inconviniences
this may cause you.
I am Barr George Attaigallah the Personal Attorney to late Mr George
K.Marshal, who was a contractor here in Benin Rep. Who lost his life on
December 2005 with his entire family perished in theAir-Crash on board From
*As a matter of fact, my client made a fixed deposit Amount, valued the sum
(US$20.900.000.00usd) with a Bank here in Benin Rep, and upon the duration
time of their agreement,his bank started contacting him but no response.
Conseqently, the Bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin to the
deceased as his personal attorney or have his account confiscated after four
years as it is in the law of this country Since then,
I have made several contacts to His Country's Embassy in order to locate any
of my clients extended relatives which had also been unsuccessful. Since I
have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over two years now,
I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since
none of his relatives were no where to be found so that the proceeds of this
account valued the sum of US$20.900.000.00usd could be transfered into
Thereafter, we will both share it in percentage according to our
boost the success of this great transaction. I have all the necessary legal
documents that can be used to back up all the claims we will make. All I
require is your honest cooperation to enable us make this great benefiting
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any branch of the law. Please get in touch with me as
soon as possible. Also to enable us discuss further the progress of this
With best wishes,
Hon. George Attaigallah, Esq,
Senior advocate of Benin (SAB).
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