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From: "PS"


Subject: PS

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 01:57:09 +0000

Dear Sir,

I am a banker with one of the banks in Pretoria in South Africa. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On June 6 2000, a zimbabwean farmer/businessman made a numbered time (Fixed) deposited for twelve calendar months, valued at US$8,320,000.00 (Eight million,three hundred and twenty thousand united states dollars-five) in my branch.

Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, i sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his co-farmer who previously had a joint account with him in my bank that he died in the land crisis in Zimbabwe. On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that he did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork.

This sum of US$8,320,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it. According to the South African Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the South African Government{STATE} if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as his next of kin . I will intimate you with the requirements that the attorney will need to prepare the necessary documents and affidavits,which will put you in place as the next of kin upon your positive response.

We shall employ the services of two attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and 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 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 30% for you, There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my position as the general manager(treasury) guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

Upon your positive response,i shall let you know who i am,the name of my bank and the name of the deceased.I will also provide you with more details and relevant documents that will put you in a clearer picture of this pending transaction. Please observe utmost confidentiality, and 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.

Awaiting your urgent reply via email.

Yours faithfully.


Subject: Re: PS

Dear ma'am,

Thank you for your thoughtfullness in allowing me the opportunity of claiming some complete stranger's fortune. This just made my day! I have a few questions though...

1) There was really someone in ZIMBABWE that rich?

2) Why do you get 70% of this recently-kicked-the-bucket-farmer's millions? Why don't you just claim all the money? You'd get 100% of it. Makes more sense to me.

3) This seems kind of shady to me, seeing as I'm not allowed to know your name until AFTER I tell you that I'm interested.... What kind of Columbian sex/drug ring do you wish you were running here?


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