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From: "salam mamadou" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 22:07:52 +0000
Subject: FROM MR SALAM MAMADOU/URGENT REPLY NEEDED AND CONFIDENTIAL YOU CAN ALSO CALL MY PRIVATE PHANE(00226 78 80 16 64)
*FROM MR.SALAM MAMADOU** THE MANAGER FOREIGN REMITTANCE **
**AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB) **BURKINA FASO .
I am MR.SALAM MAMADOU , the manager in charge of auditing and accounting
section of Africa Development Bank.(ADB) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso West
Africa ,with due respect and
regard. I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be
very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.
During our investigation and auditing in this bank, my department came
across a very huge sum of money belonging to a
deceased person Mr.Andreas Schranner who died with his wife and their only
daughter on 31 July 2000 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in
account with this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either
from his family or relation before our discovery to this development.
The said amount was U.S $10.150M ((Ten million one hundred and fifty
As it may interest you to know, I got your impressive
information through international search in Burkina-Faso here in Ouagadougou
Burkina-Faso. Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this
fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval
and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and
directives and the needed information will be relayed to you as soon as
you indicate your interest and willingness to assist me and also
benefit your self to this great business opportunity.
In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in
this country as a civil servant (A Banker), we are not allowed to operate a
foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the
time of transfer because I work in this bank. This is the actual reason why
it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next
of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to the Bank and also
present a foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transferred
into on his request as it may be after due verification and clarification by
the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted
from to your own designation bank account.
I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On
smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be
entitled to 35% of the total sum as gratification, while 55% will be for me
as the founder of the deal, while 10% will be for expenses.
Please, you have been advised to keep "top secret" as I am still in service
and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with you.
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm
the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for
subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated
and further investment, either in your country or any country you advice us
to invest in.
All other necessary information will be sent to you when I hear from you.
Trusting to hear from you. you can contact me
through this number(00226
78 80 16 64). And i will advice you to reply back on my private email
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