From Barnabé G. GBAGBO, LLB (Hons)
Barrister & Solicitor 01 BP 6370
Cotonou, République du Bénin
Tel: 00229 9714 2624.
Dear Jannette Carramba,
My name is Barnabé G. GBAGBO and act for the Estate of the Late Martin Carramba,a national of your country who was retained as the Field Operations Manager of the SONACOP Oil Company in the Republic of Bénin, West Africa.It goes without saying that you share a common surname.
On the 26st of December 2003, my client, and his wife with two children were victims of an unfortunate plane crash a village called Adjarra near Porto Novou after take off from Cotonou in Benin Republic.
It was unfortunate that my client and his family all lost their lives in the crash.For more on the plane crash log on to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3348109.stm
Whereas I had been retained by to attend to the commercial affairs of late Mr. Martin, in fact I was never instructed in respect of his last Will and Testament.
Using some monies held in trust by me, together with the proceeds of the disposal of the family's chattels, I personally arranged for the cremation of late Mr. & Mrs.Martin's.
However, there is a sensitive matter still outstanding, which I seek your assistance. Mr.Martin was engaged in, what I can only assume to be, "illicit" activities involving the trading in West African gemstones. He accumulated a substantial amount, which,with accumulated interest now totals several billion West African CFA francs (approximately US$ 8.5 million or US$9 million).
These monies remain as a series of on-call deposits with the Banque Centrale des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, (BCEAO).
Bénin is a member of the West African Economic & Monetary Union, which regulates all banks within the eight member countries.As such, there exists a statutory limit (seven years) as to how long deposits, such as those mentioned above, may remain "unclaimed".
The current situation is that, in the absence of any Will or Testament, or the valid claim from next-of-kin, these deposits shall be forfeited to the Central Bank of the West Africa, and will "disappear" into consolidated funds; usurped by a small number of officials without disclosure or recourse.
Rather than these funds being confiscated, I have resorted to methods which,while appearing "questionable" to a Westerner, are regarded as more commonplace in this part of the world.
After these several unsuccessful attempts to find next-of-kin, I am trying to retain as an "equity partner" - a person who I can present as the legal next -of-kin.
The only requirement is that this person must bear the same surname as my client. With the agreement of this person, I shall draw up several documents, which, when completed, will be presented to the Property Court of Bénin, seeking to grant me a form of Probate.
This form shall be presented to the Bank, who will be required y the court to remit all monies currently held.
There is absolutely no risk on your part: monies shall be repatriated to any of your Bank account you presented to the Court and Bank via recognised international bank transfers and documents provided to show that all monies are as the result of a bequest, and all duties have been paid, and as such,should be regarded as tax free.
So, at this time, all I require is an expression of interest on your part.If you have any misgiving whatsoever, DO NOT REPLY.Under the law of the country where this transaction is being conveyed,this transaction IS NOT illegal - however, I shall be presenting your name as next-of-kin where this may not necessarily be factual.
If you are not comfortable with this scenario, DO NOT REPLY.
However, if you are interested in discussing this matter further, please send me a short Email, and I shall provide more information for your consideration.
PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT REQUIRE ANY OTHER DETAILS OTHER THAN YOUR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST.
Barnabé G. GBAGBO, LLB (Hons)
Barrister & Solicitor
Cotonou, République du Bénin.