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DIAMOND DEPOSIT of Dr Ammed Aideed of Togo (2004)

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From: ammed aideed
Subject: Urgent Atten
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 10:20:19 +0000

From Desk of Dr Ammed Aideed


Dear Sir,

I am Dr Ammed Aideed, a senior staff in the Auditing Dept of Diamond
Deposit & Financier Plc, Togo. An American oil consultant / contractor
with the Togolaise Shell Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Perry O’Hara made
a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar valued at
US$15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Dollars) in my branch on Monday

Upon maturity, the bank sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address on 08-10-2001 and got no reply. After a month, we sent yet
another reminder and got no reply. It was finally discovered from his
contact employer Shell petroleum corporation that our client died in
alongside his entire family in a ghastly motor accident on Sunday

On further private investigation, I found out that he did not leave a
will and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless as he
migrated to Togo sometime in 1971. I therefore made further
investigation and discovered that he did not mention any next of kin
or relatives in all his official documents, including the forms he
filled during the time he was making the deposit . At this stage, I
became interested and started making plans on how to transfer this
fund the total sum of US$15,000,000.00 into a foreign account knowing
fully well that according to the laws of the Federal Republic of Togo
Section 2 Sub-Section 5, paragraph IV states that at the expiration of
5 (five) years, any unclaimed fund shall be reverted into the escrow
account of the Federal Government of Togo with Central Bank if nobody
puts claims of ownership of the said fund.

I went ahead to meet with his personal attorney Barrister Fred Lewis
and laid my cards on the table as I know very well that I will
certainly need his assistance in this very transaction based on the
legality. He however assured me that he will take part in this if I
will be able to find a trustworthy foreigner who has the same surname
with the deceased so that he will present him to the bank as the
legitimate next of kin and as thus, the legal beneficiary to the fund
and the presentation shall be backed up with legal documents.

It is based on this note that I went into serious search for a
trustworthy person who must wear the same surname with our deceased
customer hence I contacted you. Consequently, my proposal is that I
will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to our
late client so that the fund will be released and transferred to your
account by our bank.

Please understand that this transaction is completely risk-free
putting into consideration that I work here in the bank and that we
shall have the full assistance of our deceased customer’s attorney
since he is fully involved in this transaction. Please contact me
immediately via a return mail indicating your willingness to work with
us to actualise this transaction. You are also advised to observe
utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would
be most profitable to all parties involved.

Further information regarding this transaction shall be given to you
upon the receipt of your positive response.

Thanks and remain blessed in anticipation of your understanding.

Dr.Ammed Aideed
Audit Manager,
Diamond Deposit & Financier Plc

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