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From: "mr.ali Hassan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 04:36:31 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: PLEASE REPLY BACK.
Dear Sir / Madam,
I am the Bill and Exchange(assistant) Manager of the Africa development Bank, MR. ALI HASSAN.
In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of USD$9.900.000 (NINE MILLION NINE HUNDERaS U.S.A DOLLARS). In an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his wife and two children in July 2000 in a plane crash. 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 somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased, as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him in the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I in my department now decided to make this business proposals to you and release the money to you as next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that if such money remains unclaimed after Ten years, the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner in this transaction is necessary because our late customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
We agree that 30% of this money will be for you as foreigner partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account,5% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 65% would be for me, after which I shall 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, and send your account number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the money will be remitted.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or e-mail the text of the application which you shall retype and fax to our foreign remittance maneger,for easy execution of the transaction.I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is 100% hitch-free on both side. As all required arrangement have been made for the transfer. You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
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MR. ALI HASSAN.