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From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 15:22:12 +0000
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION FROM HSBC BANK LONDON UK!
Tel:+447045745181 Greetings Fund Beneficiary,We apologize if this email causes you any embarrassment or shock. We have intended this to be an informal approach so that you will know we have not contacted you in error or through spam.We hereby confirmed receipt of part payment of US$11.5000,000.00 USD only, ( ELEVEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USD ONLY) Only, into our official ESCROW account with the Central Bank by order of the Central Newly Introduced 2008 Settlement Of Debt Scheme (SDS) in charge of Foreign Debt Recovery Committee on Overdue Contract / Next of Kin payments in United Nation, as indicated in our database.This programmed was introduced to all bank's in United Nation such as the Wachovia Bank, for payment and settlement of Foreign Debt, as the United Nation, has suffered a lot of loss because of debts owed internationally, the 2008 budget has the payment order and you are approved and scheduled for payment immediately, forthwith and unconditionally, your funds will be delivered to you through diplomatic courier services like a consignment. To your door step.Meanwhile I want you to forward the below information immediately, so that the diplomatic will arrive in your country for final delivery of your fund consignment box. Beneficiary Full Name:____________________________________
Sex:___________________________________________________Occupation:_____________________________________________A copy of your working ID:_____________________________________________________
We sincerely apologize for the delays and advice you to STOP any further communication with your associate in any of the African or United Nation countries for they contributed 100% hindrances to the release of your funds. Our final fund release order will be forwarded to our operational paying bank, the HSBC BANK IN USA, for immediate transfer of your allocation into your designated account upon receipt and official re-confirmation of your information in our database.Your full co-operation is fully required, as this might be the only available payment order for the year.Note: Fund will be retrieved to treasury after ten (10) business days of this notice.
Yours in service, Dr. Chris Anderson.Manager, Foreign operations Dept.
MANAGER HSBC BANK LIVERPOOL U.K