Inheritance scams

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Good day, I am Vangelis Angelou Head coach Aris Basketball club Greece.I have emailed you earlier on without any response from you.In my first email I mentioned about our late basketball player whose relatives I cannot get in touch with, and since his death i have receive several letters from his bank where he made a deposit before his death. His bank has ask me to provide his next of kin of any of his relatives who can make claim for his fund and during my search i discovered that both of you have the same last name ,so it will be very easy to front you as his official next of kin.I am compelled to do this because I would not want his finance house to push my late player,s funds into their treasury as unclaimed inheritance.Do let me know so that I can give you Comprehensive details on what we are to do. Yours faithfully, Vangelis Angelou

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