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From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 03:11:47 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION NEEDED........
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I am Mr NASO VINCENT ECOWAS BANK AUDITING MANAGER Lome TOGO The Chief Auditor/Information manager,In-Charge of Foreign Unit Ecowas Bank Togo. I have had the intent to contact you over this financialtransaction/transfer,i got your contact through your profile i believed that you will be capable for this transfer.This message might meet you in utmost surprise however,it's my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me contact you for this transaction,I am a banker by profession from Lome republic of Togo in west Africa and currently holding the post of auditing general,I have the opportunity of transfering the left over funds which I was opportuned to see the deceased deposit file bearing this huge amount of money when i was inspecting the dated and current customers files in other to sign and submit to the entire bank management for an official validation / re-documentation against the statement approval to the account holders for the year. In a swift investigation carried out by me RE: TRANSFER OF ($39,500.000.00 USD THIRTY NINE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) I want to transfer to overseas the sum of ($39,500.000..00USD) Thirty Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand UnitedStates Dollars) from Ecowas Bank OF Togo West in Africa.I am the Auditing information manager to Ecowas Bank Lome-Togo and personal confidant to Mr Christian Eich. who died together with his wife and two children in a plane crash and his wife's parents where also involved. Mr Christian Eich, is an Engineer he died without having any beneficiary to his assets including his account here in Lome Togo which he opened in the year 2000 as his personal savings for the purpose of expansion and developement of his company before his untimely death on the 25 of july 2006. I was opportuned to see the deceased deposit file bearing this huge amount of money when i was inspecting the dated and current customers files in other to sign and submit to the entire bank managementfor an official validation /re-documentation against the statement approval to the account holders for the year. In a swift investigation carried out by me,I would like to ask you to quietly look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve as far as it can receive money. Now the main reason of contacting you is that the Ecowas Bank presdent have informed me and have made it officials of my retirement because of my age,so i want to use this opportunity to get this funds transferred before my retirement because the next person that will be appointed as the Auditing manager here in Ecowas bank will embezzle this funds if i did not act wisly hoping you understand the points? So the amount involved is (USD 39,500,000.00)Thirty Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand USD, no other person knows about this account. I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local person here, without valid international foreign passport, but can only be approved to any foreigner with valid international passport or drivers license and foreign account because the money is in US Dollars and the former owner of the a/c MrChristian Eich was a foreigner too, and as such the money can only be approved into a foreign a/c. I need your full co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this account, which I will give to you, upon your positive response and once I am convinced that you are capable to set up an account for this fund. At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 40% of the total amount,60% will be for me, while i will be backing you up with my position here in the bank and also with the relevant documentation proofs you are covered as the beneficiary. You should observe utmost CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECRECY in this transaction, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I will require your assistance to invest my share in your country.I look forward to your prompt response.please Sincerely, Mr. NASO VINCENT ECOWAS BANK AUDITING MANAGER TEL 00228 986 88 25 For security contact me on my Private email email@example.com