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Scam Email received June 20, 2018 from mrmanuk101@gmail.com

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REMITTANCE OF US$20, 5; MILLION – mrmanuk101@gmail.com

FROM Mr. Manu Kala. The Head of File and Auditing Department, BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) Ouagadougou Burkina-Faso (West Africa) REMITTANCE OF US$20, 5; MILLION CONFIDENTIAL IS THE CASE. VERY URGENT ATTENTION. This message might meet you in utmost surprise, however, it&s just my Urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction I am a banker by profession from Burkina Faso in West Africa and currently holding the post of director Auditing and accounting unit of the bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the left over Funds ($20.5million) of one of my bank clients who died Along with his entire family in a plane crash. http://newswww.bbc.net.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/4537663.stm I will come over to your Country as soon as the transfer is over to receive my own share of the fund for further investments by your advice. Please I want you to understand that a stitch in time saves nine so write back and tell me if you really want to carry out this transaction with me. From my banking experience it will take up to fourteen (14) working days to conclude this transfer. I sincerely need your help because this might be my first and last opportunity of hitting big money. I also would want you to treat this affair as both urgent, top secret and confidential. I want you to also know that this transaction will involve some expenses. This payment will be effected through Swift Telegraphic Transfer. Your Urgent response is needed for immediate transfer of this fund into your receiving bank account. Best Regards, Mr. Manu Kala. mrmanuk101@gmail.com

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