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I have not seen this 1 before, from a recieved email, now deleted.
"Dear friend ,
I am Barrister Sadiq El Ahmed a Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney
Micheal, a FOREIGNER who was a textile merchant.
On the 21st of April 2002, my client,his wife and their three children
were involved in a car accident along Sagbama Express Road.
All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then
I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his
relatives over the Internet,to locate any member of his family but of
no avail, hence I contacted you .
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and
properties left behind by my late client before they get confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposit were lodged.
Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at
about $14.5 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next
of kin or have the account confiscated within the next 14 official
since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over
2years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
the deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued at
$14.5million dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share
the money 55% to me and 40% to you, while 5% should be for expenses or
tax as your government may require.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any
claims we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable
us see this transaction through.
I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me by my private email address below to
enable us discuss further.
Barrister Sadiq El Ahmed.
A variation of the old Nigerian scam....been about for ages now! :)
I know that, but if you read the email,
"since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased,"
"I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law."
this struck me as quite funny.
and has ben doing the rounds for several years. They all take much the same form, and are simply variations on a theme.
Dear Lovely One,
I am writing to seek your partnership in the investment of my
inheritance fund USD$17.5M from my late father who died mysteriously
It was very evident that he was poisoned to death. In my culture, when
man dies, if he does not have a male child, the brothers shares his
property leaving both the wife and the daughters empty handed including
the house they live in. This is the exact case with me as I am the only
daughter of my father. I lost my mother when I was barely a year old
my father refused to re-marry another wife because he felt solely
responsible for my mother's death. This is so because he concentrated
on his businesses that he rarely pays attention to domestic affairs. He
was always travelling taking care of his businesses that he did not
notice when my mother took ill. He thought it was a minor illness and
ignorant of this. My mother on her own resorted to self-medication. It
was not until the illness degenerated that my father took my mother to
hospital where she was diagnosed to find out that hypatitis had eaten
deep into her blood stream. She didn't last long before she died. This
happened when I was barely a year old. Based on this, my father could
not forgive himself easily because of it and said he was responsible
her death as he could have saved her if only he had paid attention to
the things at home rather than concentrating much on his businesses.
Despite all entreaties by friends and relatives, he refused to remarry
but ensured that I had everything that I wanted. It was as a result of
this that yhe made me the next of kin to his fund deposit with the bank
and stated that in the event of any eventuality, I should have a direct
access to the fund only when I am 24 years of age otherwise, I should
have a guardian/partner intercede on my behalf for the release of the
funds to me. Unfortunately, he died late last year and I am 21 years of
age currently. This is why I have contacted you to serve as a guardian
to me and as my foreign partner for the investment of the fund overseas
My uncles does not know about the fund because they had already taken
my father's houses and other properties because I am a girl and they
said I do not have rights for any property. They have requested to have
father's bank papers but I simply told them that I do not know where he
kept them. The younger brother took the house in the village while the
houses in the town were sold out they shared the proceed they got from
the sale. Right now, I am with a friend of mine and do sincerely want
to travel out of my country. This can only happen when I have secured
the release and transfer of the funds in the bank. This why it is
important that we have a plan on the type of lucrative business that we
invest the funds on.
I had at various times had discussions with the director of
international remittance unit of the bank where my father deposited the
I was assured that once, I have someone who would be willing to receive
the funds on my behalf, they shall commence all proceedings to effect
the release and transfer of the funds into the person's designated
account. Now, that you have signified your interest to partner with me,
would only be very necessary if you contact the bank and request for
release and transfer of my inheritance fund into your nominated account
for the purpose of investment and to further have me come over to your
country to continue with my studies.
I shall be giving you the bank's contact details as soon as I hear back
from you so that you will go ahead and contact the bank.
Talk to you the more.
the unfortunate thing is that some unsuspecting soul will reply to one of these and get roped in;
if you use mailwasher you need never get one of these scam messages onto your computer to have it worry you in the first place
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