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From: Dr Lucas Koffi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 20:51:03 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Urgent ..Attn:Director/Ceo,
I am Dr Lucas koffi Director in charge of auditing and accounting section of continental bank cotonou republic of benin in 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 who died on Friday
December 26th 2003 as you can go through the website
This crash happened here in Cotonou- Benin in Africa. And since his untimely death the fund has been dormant in his 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. Although personally, I keep this information secret within myself and partners to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of execution.
The said amount was usd$17.2M(Seventeen Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). As it may interest you to know, I got your impressive information through my good friends who works with chamber of commerce on foreign business relations here in Cotonou-Benin,It is him who recommended your person to me to be viable and capable to champion a business of such magnitude without any problem.
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. All needed informations will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist us and also benefit yourself 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, 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 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 designated bank account.
May i at this point emphasize that this transaction is 100% risk free as i have made arrangements for a successful arrangement as an insider of the bank before contacting you. On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 30% of the total sum as gratification, while 10% will be set aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also telephone bills, while 60% will be for me and my partners. Please you have been adviced to keep this a top secret as we are still in service.
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask us 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 on your acceptance to champion this transaction with us.
I suggest you get back to me ot my alternative mail at email@example.com, as soon as possible stating your wish in this deal.
Dr Lucas koffi
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