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From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 09:50:36 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Dear Friend
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- I am Robert peter I work with the African development bank (A D B) in Victoria Island-Lagos Nigeria, I saw your contacts in INTERNET SEARCH,After much consideration i Decided to write you since I cannot be able to see you face to face at first. I will like you to take your time to read this mail carefully. I did not mean to embarrass you with my business proposal but I seriously need your assistance. Please this is a confidential matter and it requires urgency. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $18.5M dollars (EIGHTEEN FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family into the World Trade Center on September 11,sept 2001 (AMERICA ATTACK).Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws, but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at 11,sept 2001 (AMERICA ATTACK).leaving nobody behind for the claim. The owner of this account is Mr JOSEPH. F. GRILLO,foreigner and he is the Manager Of petrol chemical service, a chemical engineer by Profession. He died in world trade center as a victim of the September 11,2001 Incident that befall the United State of America, the bank has made series of efforts to contact any of the relatives to claim this money but without success, you can confirm through this website: Www.september11victims.com/september11Victims/VictimInfo.asp?ID=1260 I now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill. The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after Seven years, the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill I therefore agree that 40%of this money will be for you as foreigner partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 50% would be for me. There after I will visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated. Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin to the deceased indicating for easy and effective communication and location where in the money will be remitted.1.Your Full Name 2.Your Phone Number And Fax Number 3.Your Contact Address 4.Your Age And Occupation I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Robert Peter DIRECTOR,FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT