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From: =?utf-8?q?Alex=20Ojembar?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:49:23 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: GOOD DAY URGENT RESPOND
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:email@example.com
- - Iam,Alex ojembar personal Attorney to the late Engr.Steve Moore a national of Isle of Man in UK,who used to work with Shell Petroleum Development Company in Nigeria.On the 21st of April 1996,my client,his wife And their three children were involved in a car accident,they all lost their lives in the event of the accident,Since then I have made several enquiries to several Embassies to locate any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to tracehisrelatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you.I contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and property left behind by my client,I can easily convince the bank with my legal practice that you are the only surviving relation of my client. Otherwise the Estate he left behind will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about ($27million U.S dollars),Conseqently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten working days.since i have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over several years now.I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued at $27million U.S dollars can be paid to your account and then you and me can share the money.55%to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require.I have all necessary documents that can be used to back up any claim. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under alegitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please get in touch with me to enable us discuss further.Barrister Alex ojembar