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From: "andre Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 19:04:08 +0200
Subject: From: Mr. Andre Williams.
From: Mr. Andre Williams.
Occupations: External Auditor.
Compliments of the season,
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics
although, I wish to use this medium to get in touch with you first because
it's fastest means.
I am an external auditor of a well known bank here in my country. In one of
our periodic auditing I discovered a dormant account with holding balance of
52,000,000 (Fifty Two Million British Pounds) which has not been operated
the past three years. From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of
this account, a foreigner by name Mr. Gregory .B .Wilson died in plane crash
in July 19, 2003 and since then nobody has done anything as regards the
claiming of this money because he has no family members who are aware of the
existence of neither the account nor the funds.
I have secretly discussed this matter with a top senior minister official of
the federal ministry of finance here and we have agreed to find a reliable
foreign partner to transfer the fund into your account which you will
although due to his position he did not want to take active part but as soon
as you follow the instructions i will be getting from him, everything will
successful because we will be working hand in hand with him. We thus propose
to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of these funds from
the deceased and after due legal processes have been followed the fund will
released to your account without delay and we will use it for investment and
to assist the less privileged in the society because if we left the fund
the government it will be forfeited for nothing and will be used to suppress
the poor masses in the society.
This transaction is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money
laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act. Finally, I will give you 35%
your corporation, 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred
during this process. You should send me any of your valid international
passport. On receipt of your response I will furnish you with detailed
clarification as it relates to this mutual benefit.
You should send me Your account information as states below where you like
money to be transfer so that. I can send application for the release of the
fund immediately with your account information. Even an empty account is ok.
Your Tel/Fax Number....
State & Country........
Do you have any investment idea?
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible if you are
Mr. Andre Williams.
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