Scam Email received July 9, 2018 from email@example.com
Hello!!! – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, I am Ms. Amina Usman a banker here in Syria. Because of the nature of what i want to tell you, i will like that all our discussion be made private and secret even if you don&t want to do it with me. The reason i contacted you is because of one of my late customer Mr. Adel Walid. He died 3 years ago in the Syria war and left 8.2 million United States dollars in his account. Since then no relative have come to claim his money . I think we can work things out. Unfortunately, my client died with his family by a bomb blast in his home and his account mandate does not have any contact of any of his relatives as next of kin. I have made several inquiries to locate any of his relatives without any success and upon further inquiries, i found out that my late customer as an international businessman mandated that in case of death and no relatives come up for his money after 2 years, the money should be given to his foreign business partner whom he did not mention his name or nationality. As his personal account officer before he died, I have been mandated by my bank management to provide the next of kin to his account. If i don&t get any of his relatives in 29 days the account balance of $8.200,000 will be returned to the government treasury. Since you are a foreigner and i cannot find any of his relatives, I now seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the late account holder. You and I will share the money 50/50 after the money is transferred to you. I think this is fair decision instead of the Syrian government and top bank officials taking the money I was his personal accountant before he died, i have all the vital information for us to claim the money without any problem I only worry about your ability to handle this deal properly and to keep this transaction secret to protect my job. The transaction is 100% risk free as I have studied and investigated the transaction properly as a professional banker and discovered that it&s risk free before making contact to you. I will make sure that everything works out hence it is for our benefit, also be rest assured that whoever that I present to the bank remains the next of kin to our late customer . I will be here to back it up with every legal documents in your favor to enable the bank give approval to the fund in our own interest and have the fund transferred to your account in over there for our mutual benefit . I will immediately arrange for my traveling to come over for the sharing as soon as it is confirmed in your account. If you are interested to do the deal, write to me and i will tell you what we need to do. Sincerely, Ms. Amina email@example.com
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