Inheritance scams

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Scam Email received July 10, 2018 from
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Dear Good Friend –

Hello dear. With due respect to your personality It will be really nice to hear from you, I have been in search of someone with this last name.. so when I saw you on line, I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. I am Mr Mayorga Ahmad a Bank Officer currently the Director, Member of Board Executive Committee here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso West Africa. I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you now. One Late Peter, a citizen of your country and Crude Oil dealer who made a fixed deposit with our bank in 2009 for 108 calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million United State Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was last 22nd of January 2018. Sadly, Peter was among the dead victims of the Bohol earthquake in October 15, 2013 in Philippines that killed over 210 people. He was in Philippines on a business trip and that was how he met his untimely end. Our bank management is yet to know about his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his Account Officer here in Burkina Faso. He did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, he was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that he should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract. I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if our Bank Directors happens to know that this client is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don&t want such to happen. That is why I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the Next of Kin/Heir to the account; since you are a foreigner, my bank headquarters will release the account to you. There is no risk involved the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law. It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds in this ratio, 50/50%, equal sharing. My share will assist me to start my own company which has been my dream. Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response. Have a nice day and may God bless you. Anticipating your communication. Trusting To Hear From You Immediately Kindly Contact Me Back through my

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