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From: "Dr. Ahmed Suleiman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:51:38 +0300
Subject: FROM DR. AHMED SULEIMAN
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My name is Dr. Ahmed Suleiman and I work with a Bank here in Lagos-Nigeria, The name of the bank is FIRST BANK OF NIG. PLC - Plot 7, Block 6, ACME Road, Ikeja, Lagos-Nigeria. We had a Mr. Roland Morgan; an Engineer and oil services contractor) customer that had a deposit of US$15.3M (Fifteen Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) before he died in an Auto crash in a remote village called Effurum, along Warri Express Way leading to Warri Refinery in Delta State of Nigeria with his wife and only Child about 6 years now (January 30, 2002) and since he died, we in the Bank here have been expecting his/her next of kin/relative(s) for the inheritance of the deposit, but none has surfaced. We even made inquiries through his Embassy here in Nigeria to no avail.
The policy of the Bank however stipulates a limited time period for such inheritance to be claimed or the fund will be written off. Going by the record of the incident, the time limit for the claim has elapsed. In this consideration, I am contacting you to seek for your kind understanding and sincere co-operation to claim this inheritance for our mutual benefit.
If you can stand as the next of kin in this project, success is assured because as an insider, I am in possession of every needed information about the account and the deceased so you and I stand no risk of any kind because I have enough information to support you in claiming the inheritance. I guarantee this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of the law.
The proceedings of the transaction will be shared 50% each after expenses are reimbursed. Kindly indicate your willingness through email and we shall proceed with the initial step for the claim. The entire project is expected to last for about ten working days.
NOTE: For the process to take off in ernest, Please send your full Name/Address, private Telephone and Fax numbers for easy communication as more details will follow up.
Dr. Ahmed Suleiman
234 806 300 5108
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