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Venus de Milo, a statuesque young woman, leads a fairly sedentarty life. One day she gets an email:

Dr.martins obi
Branch Manager
EcoBank International.
broad street, Branch
Lagos Nigeria.

I am Dr. martins obi The Branch Manager of EcoBank International,Idumota Branch,Lagos Nigeria. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On December, 1999, a Taiwanese Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Boris Chen (Boris? A good Taiwanese name. Apologies to all the Taiwanese Boris's.) made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for Twenty-Four calendar months, valued at US$25,000,000.00 (Twenty- five Million Dollars) in my branch. (It always amazes me, the number of people in Nigeria with exactly 25 million in the bank.)

Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After some months, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Boris Chen died from an airplane crash ( Singapore Airlines).

On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL,and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Boris Chen did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. (Most careless.) This sum of US$25,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. (Why quote the original amount. The final figure must be over $27M. Why not just say that this amount is in the account? Mmmm?) No one has ever come forward to claim it.

According to Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.Boris Chen so that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names,telephone and fax numbers also your address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin.

We shall employ the services of two Attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favour for the transfer.

A bank account in any part of the world which you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.

The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 70% for me and 25% for you and 5% be used in settling taxation and all local and foreign expenses.There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address above. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

I do urgently await your response .

Best regards,

Dr. martins obi.

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