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From: "nana martins" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 10:02:35 -0700
Subject: UGENT ATTENTION PLEASE
FROM THE DESK OF MR NANA MARTINS
CHIEF COOPERATE OFFICER
ECO BANK INTL LTD
Compliments of the day to you.
I am Mr. Nana Martins ,chief coporate officer in the Account and Audit
Department of Eco Bank Intl Ltd Accra,Ghana.
I am writting to seek your coperation over thistransaction,after the annual
auditing of the year 2007,I discovered an abandoned sum of $26,000,000
USD(Twenty Six million United State dollars) in an account that belongs to
one of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family in a
plane crash that took place in Kenya,East Africa,the Late DR. GEORGE
BRUMLEY,a citizen of Atlanta,United States of America.
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because it cannot be released unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to thedeceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately,all his supposed next
of kin or relation died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody
behind for the claim.
It's therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business
proposal to you to make sure his balance of fund will be released to you via
your foreign bank account as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for
safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and this
money could go into the Federal treasury as "unclaimed Bill".
The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclamed after four years, the money will be transfered into the federal
treasury as unclaimed fund.I think it will be better for us to put a major
part of this funds intohelping people suffering from aids,orphans,displaced
persons,etc and keep some percentage,instead of letting some dubious leaders
put this funds in their personal pockets.
The request for your assistance and maximum co-operation as a foreign
citizen to stand as the next of kin in this business is occasioned by the
fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner and a Ghananian cannot stand
as next of kin to a foreigner.
I agree to offer you 30% of this money as my foreign partner as soon as we
conclude the transfer into your account. 10% will be set aside for expences
incurred during the transfer and 30% would be for me,while we use the
remaining to assist the needy.
You are to send to me the following informations,if you are willing towork
I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is strictly
confidential and i will use my position in this Bank to effect a hitch free
transfer of this fund into any of your private account.
Please, visit the website below for more informations about the Plane Crash
and the tragic death of the deceased and his entire family, Late
DR. GEORGE BRUMLEY.
My conected email address:- (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr Nana Martins