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From: pot joe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 07:21:48 +0000
Subject: From: Dr. Mr Pot Joe
From: Dr. Mr Pot Joe
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics although, I wish to use this medium to get in touch with you first because it's fastest means. I am an external auditor of a well known bank here in the United Kingdom.
In one of our periodic auditing I discovered a dormant account with holding balance of £21,000,000 (Twenty One Million British Pounds) which has not been operated for the past three years. From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account, a foreigner by name Mr. Donald A. Peterson died in plane crash in July 19, 2003 and since then nobody has done anything as regards the claiming of this money because he has no family members who are aware of the existence of neither the account nor the funds.
I have secretly discussed this matter with a top senior minister official of the HM Treasury here and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with us although due to his position he did not want to take active part but as soon as you follow my instructions everything will be successful because we will be working hand in hand with him.
We thus propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of these funds from the deceased and after due legal processes have been followed the fund will be released to your account without delay and we will use it for investment and to assist the less privileged in the Society because if we left the fund with the government it will be fortified for nothing and will be used to suppress the poor masses in the society.
This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act. Finally, I will give you 35% for your corporation, 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during this process. On receipt of your response I will furnish you with detailed clarification as it relates to this mutual benefit transaction.
You should send me Your account information as states below where you like the money to be transfer so that i can send application for the release of the fund immediately with your account information. Even an empty account is ok.
Your Tel/Fax Number....
State & Country........
Your full name & office or Home address?
Your Company name/ Your position in the company. ?
Your Telephone Nos. both
Home, Office and Mobile.?
Your age. ?
Married or Unmarried ?
I look forward to hear from you as soon as possible if you are interested.
Dr. Mr Pot Joe
My Tel Number:+44-7045762793