Friday, September 24, 2010

From:    Mr James Okocha (
Sent:    September 21, 2010

Dear: sir/madam.
I am {Mr.James Okocha}, Manager Orient Bank of Nigeria,Lagos Branch. i have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.On June 2005,an American Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,Mr.Barry Bailey made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$12.500,000.(Twelve Million five hundred thousand Dollars) in my branch.Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification
to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month,we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Barry Bailey died from automobile accident. 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. Barry Bailey did not declare any   kin or relations in all his official documents including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$12.500,000. is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will 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 as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr.Barry Bailey 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 the following particulars:
(1) Your full name and address,
(2) Your contact address,(3) Phone and Fax number,
(4)A Bank account number that contains no money,
(5)Bank name and address.
On receipt of these particulars,the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ the service of two Attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor 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 30% for you.There is no risk at all as all the paper-work 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, Upon your response, I shall provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction better. 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.
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Mr.James Okocha

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