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The Nigerian Wine Scam

I'm so excited. I have been contacted by a mysterious foreign dignitary, or at least the relative of one who is going to help me make some big money without me having to lift a finger. It's also a great deal because I'll be helping some poor unfortunate soul who has had millions wrongfully denied them. Isn't the internet great? We can all help each other and get rich doing it!

What? You don't believe me? But I have this e-mail right here that proves it:

Winemaker Ben Kanobe & CO
Tel/Fax: 234 8032564512 899 4922
E-mail: [email protected]

Yarrow Alder Viogniergraphy:
I am Winemaker Ben Kanobe, a jedi-wienmaker, trained

in the Mosel. I am the personal winemaker to Mr. Gallo

Zinfandel. He was the CEO to a private firm in Nigeria until

30 years ago when he bought a famous winery in Napa,

CALIFORNIA. Here in after shall be referred to as my Lord

Wine. On the August 6, 1997, my boss, Lord Wine, died

from the dreaded phylloxera disease. Since the demise of

my guru, I personally has watched with keen interest to see

his next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come
to claim his funds deposit of US$25M, (Twenty Five Million

united states dollars) which was deposited by my late client

with Wine Bank of Napa here in Napa USA.

On this note, I decided to seek for a non-foreigner who
will stand as the Next of kin to claim this funds from
the Wine Bank of Napa where the funds was
deposited, as none of the deceased relative
has come up to claim the deceased funds.
The banking ethics here does not allow such money
to stay more than Nine years, after which the funds
will be forfeited to the US government account as
unclaimedfunds. I will not Fail to bring to your notice
thatthis business is hitch free and that you should not
entertain any fear as all modalities for fund transfer
will be finalized within ten (10) banking days
depending on how fast we can communicate. I have
all necessary legal documents that can be used to
back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us
see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of the law.

Please reply to my private e-mail:

[email protected]

Best regards,
Winemaker Ben Kanobe

Thanks Jack. That made my day.

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