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Mr. John Silvester Varley. Urgent Business Transaction

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From: Mr. John Silvester Varley. <>
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 02:56:20 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Urgent Business Transaction



I deeply apologize for the inconvenience that I might have indulged you. I am Mr. John S. Varley, the chief executive in charge of Auditing and Accounting Section of the Barclays Bank Plc. London, United Kingdom. With due respect and regards, I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial and profitable for both of us at the end of the transaction .

During our investigation and auditing in this bank, I discovered an abandoned sum of Sixteen Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States of American Dollars Only (US$16.4m) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Mr. Shukri Mohammed Ghanem, the Libyan former oil Minister during Muammar Gaddafi Government. Upon maturity, the Barclays Bank Plc, officials sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After several months, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from a report we received from the International security that Mr. Shukri Mohammed Ghanem died and his body was found floating in the Danube in Vienna on Sunday, April 29th 2012 and I found out that he died without making a will, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless and unsuccessful. However, Mr. Shukri Mohammed Ghanem was privy to a 2009 deal over the Ras Lanuf refinery that officials are trying to unravel.

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Furthermore, I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Shukri Mohammed Ghanem did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of Sixteen Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States of American Dollars Only(US$16.4m) still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. Certainly non of his relation will ever come for this money as they do not know of it since this depositor does not indicate any next of kin in the bank documents.

According to the British Law, under British foreign and defense affairs, at the expiration of Ten(10) years,such funds will be revert to the ownership of the British Government for financing military operations,such as purchasing of arms and ammunition for the military. And If I allow this funds to be sent to Mr. Shukri Mohammed country of origin in Libya, It might be used for the development of weapon or sponsoring terrorism.

In order to avert this negative development, I will like to seek for your permission as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Shukri Mohammed so that the fruits of this old man’s labor will not be used for financing weapons which will further enhance the courses of war in the world at large. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50% for me and 40% for you and 10% for expenses Incurred in the course of the transaction.There is no risk at all since all the legal documents related to this fund was issued from the British High Court of Justice and I want you to be rest assured that this transaction is risk free and would be most profitable for both of us.

Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased indicating your Name, Your private telephone and fax number, Your Home Address and Occupation for easy and effective communication and location wherein the fund will be remitted.

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You should contact me on my private email at ( as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you immediately and please kindly give me a call also. This is my private phone number: +44 203 695 3422

Awaiting your urgent reply.

Mr. John S. Varley.

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