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Hallelujah! A different story! This time from a Mr Jacob Ariyo but for a change not an illicit operation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. This time they promise a Cypriot inheritence...


Attention: President/CEO

I am Mr. Jacob O. Ariyo the Director of Cash Deposit with Ecobank Nigeria Plc Lagos Nigeria. I came to know you in my private search for a reliable person/company to handle a confidential transaction. I got your contact from the trade section of your embassy without the consular's knowledge.

A citizen of cyprus, Mr. Kyriacos Charalambous, 55 years of age and a prosperous oil merchant had in our bank the sum of 16 million USD in our domicilliary cash deposit account without naming or nominating a next of kin.

Unfortunately, he was killed in a plane crash involving a Kenyan Aircraft in Abidjan, Cote - De-Voire. Effort had been made by the management of my bank through Cyprus Embassy in Lagos to contact any of the decease's relation but to no avail, as we were made to understand that the couple had no child. Owing to the skeletal information available to the bank, it has so far been impossible to reach the relatives seven years after his death. The option left for the bank management is to declare the deceased account dormant and revert the funds to trading on behalf of and in the interest of the bank. In order to avoid this development, I am now seeking your permission to stand as a distant relative to Mr. Kyriacos Charalambous, so that the fund would be release to you.

All documents and proofs to enable us get the fund in your favour has been carefully worked out. On our receiving your consent to this proposal, we would immediately obtain an order from the Probate Registry of the Federal High Court on your behalf recognizing you as the Bona-fide Next of kin to the deceased and subsequently apply for the release of the fund to you as the beneficiary through the approval of my department. I have already done every arrangement to perfect this transaction without any hitch. And it is my intention to invest my share in any viable business in your country as you may decide for me. You will equally be responsible for the running of the business based on an acceptable understanding and the agreement between us.

May I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk-free, as we have taking care of all necessary modalities to ensure a hitch-free transaction. To this effect, my colleagues and I have agreed to compensate you with 30% of the total sum 16 million USD for your assistance while 60% will be for my investment and 10% will go for any expenses we may incurred in the course of this transaction.

Please if this proposal is acceptable to you, please contact me strictly through my email

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation. Yours faithfully,

MR. JACOB O. ARIYO DIRECTOR
CASH DEPOSIT ECOBANK PLC.


I dead bat it back to him:

Dear Mr Ariyo,

Your position sounds most curious. And most interesting.

I may be able to help you.

Let me know.

Cosmo Newbery.



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