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Did you receive an email from a "Dr. Kenneth Ekeh" who claims to be "Country office Manager INTERNATIONAL BANK OF AFRICA, BENIN REPUBLIC". He claims that Mr. Jerome Patulot died from Heart Failure and left a fortune, but no will. Oh, yes, immensely wealthy people always forget to make wills. And they live in poor central African countries. With banks that need YOUR help with their immense fortunes.
If you still think this is real, might we suggest that you have the mental ability of dryer lint?
Dr. Kenneth Ekeh (not his real name, obviously) hopes to con you into sending money for various "fees" to free the fortune. If you would like a step by step explanation of how this type of "Advance Fee Fraud" works, click here!
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From: "Kenneth Ekeh" < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION:YOUR ASSISTANCE
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 05:44:59 +0000INTERNATIONAL BANK OF AFRICA.
BENIN REPUBLIC REGIONAL OFFICE (SARO)
BD. TRIUMPHAL EL HADJ OMAR BONGO
I am Dr. Kenneth Ekeh Country office Manager INTERNATIONAL BANK OF AFRICA, BENIN REPUBLIC.I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On May 14th, 2003, Jerome Patulot, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for Twenty Four calendar months, valued at US$3,700,000.00 (Three Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in my branch.
Upon maturity which was suppose to be 14th May 2005, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got reply from The ABB Construction Corporation that Mr. Jerome Patulot died from Heart Failure. 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. Jerome Patulot did not declare any kin or Relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$3,700,000.00 is still lying 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 Benin Republic laws, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Benin Republic Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.Joerome Patulot so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that i will forward to you the text of application which you will fill and send to the bank for approval which will put you in place as the next-of-kin.
We shall employ the service of an Attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50% for me and 40% for you. While we map out 10% for every expenses that might rise up during the transaction,Once More, there is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Attorney and my position as Director guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via a return email. 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.
Awaiting your urgent reply
Thanks and regards.
Dr. Kenneth Ekeh
INTERNATIONAL BANK OF AFRICA