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Introduction

The Scambusts

The General Practitioner

The Aristocrat II

The Massage Parlour Proprietor

The Football Club Manager

The Vicar V

The Astrologer

The Worm Sanctuary Owner

The Signwriter

The Brewer

The Member of Parliament II

The Door Furniture Specialist

The Inventor IV

The Retired Wing Commander IV

The Baker

The Farmer

The Hotelier

The Veterinary Surgeon

The Vicar IV

The Psychosexual Therapist

The Orphanage Director II

The Cess Pit Cleaner

The Dating Agency Proprietor

The Adult Video Director

The Retired Wing Commander III

The Inventor III

The Poultry Magnate III

The Poultry Magnate II

The Vicar III

The Miller

The Member of Parliament

The Lottery Winner

The Inventor II

The Circus Ringmaster

The Undertaker

The Retired Wing Commander II

The Butcher

The Vicar II

The Vicar

The Doctor of Economics

The Rubber Duck Manufacturer

The Orphanage Director

The Aristocrat

The Poet

The Poultry Magnate

The Retired Wing Commander

The Professor of Economics

The Inventor

Mapping Gilbert’s activities

Map of Gypping in the Marsh

The Global Scamming Community

Internet Fraud Information

Classified Advertisement Scams

Investment Scams

Job Vacancies in the Scamming Business

Internet Resources

Scambusting Advice

Scambusting Tips

Gilbert’s Guide to Sending Money to Scammers

Blank Western Union and MoneyGram Receipts

Reactions and Feedback

The Scammers’ Reactions

Feedback from Fans

Contact Details

Copyright Notice


The Baker


In which Gilbert Murray, a baker whose wife has the finest baps in Lincolnshire, stands as next of kin to someone he’s never heard of in the hope of inheriting their lost millions.

Cast of characters

  • Gilbert Murray – family baker, whose family has been “in bread for over two hundred years”.
  • Dr Charles Ijeoma – allegedly the Manager of Bills and Exchange at the Foreign Remittance Department of a Nigerian bank.
  • Bernard Williams – allegedly a Nigerian barrister.
  • Awele Bello – allegedly an employee in the International Remittance Department of the bank.
  • Christopher Miker – seemingly a rival scammer, who appears to have managed to hack into the other scammers’ email accounts and attempts to persuade Gilbert to send money to him instead.


Please note that the fake barrister in this particular scambust adopted the name of a real barrister who is currently practising law in the UK and overseas. To prevent any confusion between the fake barrister and the real barrister, the fake barrister in this scambust is referred to throughout as “Bernard Williams”, rather than the pseudonym he actually adopted.


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: URGENT AND PERSONAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL

Sent: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 09:38:19

(AUDB) AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC, DESK OF DR CHARLES IJEOMA.

RC NO: A4568UD.

Dear Sir,

I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.

I am Dr Charles Ijeoma, the Manager, Bills and Exchange at the Foreign Remittance Department of the AUDB Bank of Nigeria PLC and work with African Union Development Bank Plc (one of the African leading banks in the west coast). Here in this bank existed dormant account for the past five years which belong to one of our customers (Mr Andreas Schranner) who died along with his entire family of a wife and two children in July 31st 2000 in a plane crash.

When I discovered that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this account for this long period, I decided to carry out a system investigation and discovered that none of the family member nor relations of the late person is aware of this account.

This is the story in a nutshell. Now I want an account overseas where the fund will be transfer according to the due process of our bank in order to avoid violation of any country and international monetary law on fund transfer. Thereafter, I had planned to destroy all related documents for this account. It is a careful network and for the past eleven months I have worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation.

The amount is not so much at the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the balance in this account stands at $15 million. Now my questions are:

  1. Can you handle this project?
  2. Can I give you this trust?
  3. What will be your commission? If you can sponsor this transfer. Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

To commence this transaction, we require you to immediately indicate your interest by a return email and enclose:

  1. Your private contact telephone number.
  2. Fax number.
  3. Full name and address.
  4. Your designated bank coordinates (your bank account and swift code) and any form of identification like your international passport to enable us to file letter of claim to the appropriate departments for necessary approvals before the transfer can be made.

Finally, it is our humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.

I expect your urgent response if you can handle this project. Write to me at this direct contact email address: dr_charlesijeoma01@yahoo.com or drcharles_ijeoma@sify.com.

I am expecting your urgent response as soon as you receive my message.

I look forward to receiving your prompt response.

Respectfully yours,

Dr Charles Ijeoma

AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: Re: URGENT AND PERSONAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL

Sent: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 14:01:40

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

I have just read the astonishing email you sent to me earlier today.

Is this for real? To be perfectly honest with you, it sounds too good to be true.

If you can provide some proof that what you’re telling me is for real, I’d definitely be interested in working with you on this: I’m a baker, and it’s getting harder and harder to make a good living, what with all the competition I’m getting from the supermarkets nowadays.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: MORE DETAILS, URGENT AND PERSONAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL

Sent: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 02:36:59 -0800 (PST)

Dear Mr Gilbert Murray,

Many thanks for your urgent reply and how is your family? I hope fine.

Please understand that the details of this transaction is all about the fund deposited in our bank by one of our late customer Mr Andreas Schranner and after several years of no deposit and withdraw on this account number we then decide to conduct a routine investigation to find the actual cause of this dormant account.

Upon our investigation we then discovered that the owner of the account is dead along with his entire family and before his death he forgot to register with any of his relations as his next of kin, I believe is for a special reason best known to him, but upon this discovery I therefore contact you with a view of making business with you and recover this fund into your bank account for our mutual benefit.

In order to commence, all I require from you is your honest assistance to be able to recover this fund and you must promise me never to use this advantage to cheat on me or sit on the fund the moment it is transferred into your bank account. For us to commence transaction, I will appreciate that you respond to me with your details and this include your full name and address, telephone and fax numbers and your full bank account details and a copy of your identification.

Note that the moment I am able to get all this information I will continue with every other arrangement to ensure we get necessary approval from our bank to enable you to receive the fund as the next of kin.

Moreso, concerning your request for more proof of the existence of the said fund in deposited account, indeed I have some vital evidence to share with you about the deposited fund but that will be when I am sure you can be trusted by me because such vital information are not allow to be expose since it is the soul of the transaction and with such data anyone could apply as the decease next of kin and claim the fund without any hitches.

Sir, I think you can understand why I cannot disclose such important documents to you at first sight but I believe that once you reply back to me and maybe we can start by establishing a friendship in an attempt to enable us to adapt the ability to trust each other and after which I promise to share the vital information you have requested for with you and please do not get upset with me since I am trying to be very careful in my conservative nature because I am still in active service with the bank where this discovery is made.

Please understand that under this new arrangement there is absolutely no risk involved as me and my colleague had perfected every arrangement to ensure we destroyed every related documents regarding the fund and the deceased the moment you inform us that the fund had been received by your local bank account.

Under our agreement, we had decided to offer you 20% of this fund as part of your effort to work with us to ensure we are very successful in this transaction while the remaining fund will be kept under your custody for preservation pending when we visit your country for the fund because we hope to put the remaining fund into any lucrative investment in your country recommended and managed by you while we remain as your partner.

This is all about this offer and we do hope you consider our request and pay urgent attention to all our requirement to enable us achieve some progress. Looking forward to hear from you urgently and please view the attachment for a copy of my passport for proper identification and I look forward to see yours in your future reply.

Dr Charles Ijeoma

Dr Ijeoma’s passport
(Click to enlarge)


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: The information you asked for

Sent: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 17:16:22

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your email and for sending me more information about this business proposal of yours. To be perfectly honest with you, I can barely believe that this is happening. I’ve never considered myself to be all that lucky – try as I might, I’ve never managed to win a penny on the lottery, for example – so I’m absolutely astonished that you’ve contacted me with this business proposal.

How did you come across my email address? Do you read the baking trade press at all? My wife and I are bakers, you see, and my wife won an award earlier this year for her baps. I always reckoned she had the finest baps in Lincolnshire, and now it’s official. We’ve got the trophy to prove it too, in pride of place behind the counter. The local paper did a little story on us after we won the award, so maybe that’s how you came across my name.

Well, however you came across my email address, I’m very pleased that you did so and that you decided to contact me. Things are getting tough in the baking game at the moment, and to be perfectly frank, the business isn’t doing as well as it used to be. I’ve been wanting to expand the business for a while now, but it’s been difficult to raise enough capital... but this business proposal of yours sounds like it might be exactly what we’ve been looking for. The 20% you’re so generously offering me should be more than enough to fund an expansion of the bakery.

You mentioned in your email that you were concerned about trust. Well, let me assure you that you will be able to trust me implicitly. I’m a baker, born and bred, and as such I’m a man of my word. Trust is very important to me, Dr Ijeoma, so let me assure you that you won’t find me wanting on that score.

Now then, here’s the information you wanted:

  • Full name and address: Gilbert Arnold Murray, Hemlock Cottage, Gypping in the Marsh, Lincolnshire, UK.
  • Phone number: 01927 58367 (I don’t have a fax).
  • Bank account number: 74053275.
  • Bank sort code: 21-38-19.

You also asked for a copy of my passport. I’m not too handy with computers, but I’ll have a go at scanning it in and send it on to you.

I must explain by the way that we’re having a bit of a problem with the phones here in the village. There were some strong winds three days ago and they blew down the telephone lines leading into the village. We’re still waiting for the telephone company to come and sort it out, but we’re quite remote out here and I don’t think we’re top on their list of priorities. Looking on the bright side, my satellite-based internet connection hasn’t been affected, so we’ll be able to communicate by email until the phones are working again.

So, what’s next Dr Ijeoma? I look forward to hearing from you. I’m so excited at the prospect of all this money: I think I’m going to go and celebrate tonight with a few drinks in the Cock and Bull. I can’t wait to tell my friends about my good luck.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: URGENT REQUEST!!!!!!!!!

Sent: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 00:21:34 -0800 (PST)

Dear Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your kind attention and how about your family and together with your baking business I hope fine.

From your story, I want to believe that God have a purpose of making people from different works of life and endeavour to meet themselves for a purpose of his mercy in attempt for him God to shower his blessing to us.

Come to think about your story, I want you to understand that difficult time do happen and it is not as if it is course but it just a way of life but at the end of it all God always make a way out just for us to benefit and put ourselves and business back to track.

Back to our transaction, I have received your information containing your bank account number and other information but some important information is currently missing out of the information you have presented with me and that is your banking address and the name of your bank and I will be happy you find these missing item and send it across as urgent as possible.

Please understand that once I receive your complete details I promise to appoint or hire an attorney who will proceed on behalf of you at the court level to procure all the vital legal documents with your name and information as the beneficiary of the fund and the next of kin to the deceased and with these important documents you and I will be able to apply through our paying bank for their mode of transfer and payment of this fund into your account.

Moreso, apart from your 20% offer for taking part in this transaction and keeping the entire fund in your account awaiting my arrival in your country for the sharing of this fund and investment which I hope you recommend to me as soon as I arrive in your country, I also promise to make you a shareholder in the proposed intending business which we hope to co-join and operate in your country provided I will still find you faithfully in safekeeping of this fund at my arrival.

Again, I also understand from your mail that your telephone number is currently out of service due to some problems in connection but I advise you can reach me at any time through my personal mobile phone so that we can interact and talk about this important transaction in case we have the same faith.

Finally, I still want to remind you once more to send the following information to me as urgent as possible so that we can make progress and some of this vital information includes:

  1. THE NAME OF YOUR BANK AND BRANCH OFFICE.
  2. ADDRESS OF YOUR BANK.

The moment I have this useful information I promise to do my best to secure the approval we need for this transaction from various authority in my country and I can assure you that there is no problem.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma

Tel: +234-8023313682 or +234-8034376436


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: Could you reassure me on one point?

Sent: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 12:01:45

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your email. My family (my wife Elizabeth and my son Gilbert Jnr) are fine, thanks for asking, and I’m OK too... apart from a bit of a thick head. I think I did a bit too much celebrating down at the Cock and Bull last night.

I was chatting to one of my friends down the pub last night and telling him all about this proposal you’ve put to me, and he sounded a note of caution. He wondered whether all this was strictly legal. Thinking about it, he has a point: surely it can’t be right that I can claim this dead man’s money as my own when I don’t know him from Adam?

I’m a bit worried about that, to tell you the truth. After all, I’ve got my reputation to think about, and I wouldn’t want to get myself mixed up with anything illegal. The last thing I’d want to do would be to get in trouble with the law.

I know you’ve told me that this transaction will be risk-free, but before I move any further forwards on this, I’d appreciate it if you could give me your categorical assurance that there’s no way I’m going to wake up one morning and find the police knocking on my door because of this... or some angry relative of the dead man. Are you sure you’ve considered all the angles?

Please get back to me as soon as you can. I’m worried.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: URGENT REPLY

Sent: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 11:08:44 -0800 (PST)

Dear Friend Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your urgent response and how is your family I hope fine.

I have carefully read and understood every point you have made in your last mail and I am happy to inform you that you don’t have any need to worry about the legality of this transaction for it is 100% genuine and risk free.

Before I contacted you, I have made some series of investigation and research about these that you have made mentioned in your mail and I have also contacted the attorney for his kind opinion and professional advice since I so much trusted him and believe in the attorney’s professionalism in this area of our transaction and the attorney confirmed to me that since all the relatives of the deceased are dead along with him in the plane crash and for the fact that the deceased did not leave anybody to succeed him as his next of kin in case he dies maybe for the best reason left with the deceased when we was alive, therefore the attorney reliably informed me that anyone is free to apply for the claim of the fund without any problems or breach of law and order, now or in the near future.

Again, I see no reason why you should be worried about this transaction since it does not call for such and beside the attorney whom I have appointed and will recommend to you the moment I got all your information correctly will be the man in charge of all this transaction and will play your role and active full representation at the court level and in the presence of our bank as far as this transaction is concerned and on your part, all that is expected from you is to watch and make sure you co-operate with the attorney to ensure the fund is wired completely.

About your friend’s remark, please do not allow this thought to bother you in any way since your friend is just speaking from his opinion. Please understand that I have perfected every arrangement to ensure free transfer of this fund direct into your account without any hitches and after you have confirmed to me that the fund has been received into your account by your local bank, I promise to destroy every related documents about the deceased and the fund in our bank and with this arrangement we will not leave any trace of the fund and we will live to enjoy our fund without any problem please trust me.

Furthermore, in case that reason is not enough encouragement, I still want you to know that I am actively involved in this project and I have my lovely family to keep and will not allow anything bad to happen to them and that is why I have taken my time out and do all the necessary underground work in order to give pace for us receiving the fund into your account based on the best option of the bank paying due process.

Finally, about the legality of the transaction, I will like to draw your urgent attention and inform you that our attorney will proceed to the court just like I told you in my previous mail and procure all the vital legal documents that we needed with your name as beneficiary and the new next of kin to the deceased and concerning your distance relationship with the deceased not to worry all the necessary court documents and approval from various agency will adequately take good care of that and the attorney will ensure all the documents procured on your behalf from the court regarding this transaction is presented to you for proper acknowledgement and for your personal file in case of reference.

Sir, having considered all this vital point, I want to advise that you have nothing to worry about since we have already made plans on ground to address all the issues you have mentioned and ensure we have access to the fund and transfer it into your account freely without any hitches and I encourage you to go ahead and send your banking address and the name of your bank to me as urgent as possible so that we can achieve some progress.

In case you have any more question with regards to the fund and the deceased, I advise you to contact me for more explanation since I am the one who introduced these business to you in the first instance and always try and take your friends by surprise and do not go about and be telling them all about your life and expectation, don’t you think they will be jealous with your prosperity something please consider my sincere advice and respond urgently.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: Thanks for the reassurance

Sent: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 09:46:38

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your email. I must say, it sounds as if you and your attorney have thought of everything. I’m impressed with the confidence you seem to have that this transaction won’t get us into trouble, and with that in mind, I’m happy to move forward.

Now then, if I remember rightly, you wanted the name and address of my bank. I bank with Bartletts – a small but long-established outfit with an impeccable reputation for security and confidentiality – and the branch address is Bartletts Bank PLC, 14 Slocombe Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK. You already have the account number and sort code.

You mentioned your family in your last email. Tell me, how many children do you have, Dr Ijeoma? Elizabeth and I have just the one: Gilbert Jnr. He’s a fine lad, and although he’s only in his early teens he’s already got a good eye for dough. I’m hoping he’ll take over the bakery when Elizabeth and I retire.

So, what’s our next step? I take it you’ve got all the information you need to move forward. Let me know if you need anything else.

I’ll be out for most of the morning purchasing flour. I used to be able to buy it locally, but the local windmill was torched by a mob last September, and ever since then I’ve been having to buy my flour from further afield. Please get back to me as soon as you can. I’ll check my email as soon as I return.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. Just a small point, but could I ask you to consider using a touch more punctuation in your emails? You do write in very long sentences and they’re a little bit difficult to read sometimes. It may help if you think of your paragraphs as eccles cakes, your commas as raisins and your full-stops as currants: if you stint on raisins and currants you end up with very poor eccles cakes.


Click here to read how Gypping in the Marsh came to lose its windmill in an uncharacteristically violent riot.


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: REPLY

Sent: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 07:48:28 -0800 (PST)

Dear Partner Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your kind attention and how is your family I hope everyone is fine.

I have received your mail containing your bank name and address once again thanks for your swift attention.

Now that I have your complete details I promise to forward it to the attorney who promised to proceed to the court on Monday along with it for the procurement of all the vital legal documents we need to have for the release of the fund into your account from our paying bank and I have advised the attorney to contact you and present you copies of the documents immediately he is done with it.

Thanks.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: What is your attorney’s name?

Sent: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 16:38:16

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your email. I’m pleased to hear that you’ve now got all the information you need for us to move forward.

You say that your attorney is going to get in touch with me once he’s finished at the court next week. Tell me, my friend, what’s the name of your attorney? Do let me know so that I can look out for his email next week: I get so many junk emails every day that it can be quite difficult to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Why, I very nearly deleted the first email you sent to me earlier this week, thinking it was rubbish. What a mistake that would have been!

While we’re on the subject of this attorney of yours, I take it he’s capable and trustworthy? Given the nature of this transaction, I think we definitely need a lawyer who understands what’s required of him, if you know what I mean.

You didn’t tell me about your family, my dear fellow. How many children have you got? What’s your wife like? Do tell.

Anyway, I hope you have a very pleasant weekend with your family, however large it is. I’m going to be very busy this weekend: there’s a church fete on Sunday to raise money for the vicar’s organ restoration fund (he has the largest organ in Lincolnshire), and we’ve agreed to provide around two hundred cream buns for the occasion. Elizabeth is going to look after the baking side of things and I’m going to decorate them with whipped cream once she’s taken them out of the oven. That’s an awful lot of buns to decorate in one go: I’m sure my wrist will be aching like crazy after I’ve squirted my cream over Elizabeth’s buns.

Well, do have a good weekend, Dr Ijeoma, and I look forward to hearing back from you and your attorney early next week.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: The attorney’s name

Sent: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 07:27:47 -0800 (PST)

Dear Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your mail and how is your family and together with your baking business I hope fine.

Sir referring to the question you asked about my family and I am pleased to inform you that I have a lovely wife by name Muzi and she is very beautiful and lovely in fact what attracted me to her in the first place was her beauty and I hope very soon you will meet her and as for my children I have three children, Charles Junior 23 years old and he is in final year in the Federal University of Lagos and Amaka and Juliet both female and they are also in the University of Jos all in Nigeria.

About the lawyer we hired, though he is not my personal lawyer but a notary public an attorney with Supreme Court of Nigeria and he is a senior advocate in his capacity and also recognised internationally.

Not to worry about the attorney he has been briefed adequately about the sensitivity of this transaction and he understood perfectly his role as an attorney and I can assure you of his ability to handle this transaction going by his past records and I am sure he will perform excellently and below are his name and contact information just as you have requested:

NAME: BARRISTER BERNARD WILLIAMS & CHAMBERS (SAN)

TEL: +234-8033581268

The moment you hear from him please endeavour to reach me as quickly as possible to enable us to decide the next line of action towards recovering this fund into your account and until then have a wonderful weekend and my regards to your wife Elizabeth and Junior.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: I will contact you as soon as I hear from the attorney

Sent: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 09:36:27

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your email and for sending me the attorney’s details. I’ll look out for his email and contact you as soon as I hear from him. I hope all goes well for him in court today and that he manages to get hold of the documents we need without any problems.

It was nice to hear about your family. You must be a very happy man, to have an attractive wife and three obviously intelligent children. All three of your children are in university, are they? They obviously inherited their intelligence from their father’s side. Tell me, did they inherit their mother’s good looks as well?

You’ll be pleased to hear that our church fete went well yesterday, and Elizabeth’s cream buns sold very well. We actually sold out very quickly: once word got around about how my wife had her buns out on display, people crowded round the stall, eager to get their hands onto them. The vicar was particularly keen to grab hold of her buns.

We had managed to raise a good amount of money for the restoration of the vicar’s unusually large organ by the end of the day, and when the fete was over, to thank us for our hard work, the vicar took Elizabeth and I into the church and showed us his organ in all its glory. It really is quite a size: Elizabeth said that she’d never seen such a large one in all her life. The vicar could see how taken Elizabeth was with it, and he asked her if she wanted to have a play with it. Elizabeth is quite a fine organist, and a look of rapture crept across the vicar’s face as she sat down and started to run her fingers over his organ. She played quietly and softly at first, before gradually increasing the tempo and bringing things to a shuddering climax. The vicar said afterwards that it had made him go quite weak at the knees.

Anyway, as predicted, my wrist is aching slightly today from having squirted so much cream onto Elizabeth’s buns over the weekend, so I’ll have to give it a bit of a rest today.

Well, here’s hoping you have a fine day, my friend. I’ll be back in touch as soon as I hear from the attorney.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE ATTORNEY

Sent: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 01:10:32 -0800 (PST)

Dear Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your mail and I really appreciate all your concern for me and this transaction in particular.

The moment you hear or receive any information from the lawyer kindly indicate to me.

Best regards,

Dr Charles


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: I haven’t heard from Mr Williams yet

Sent: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 09:28:04

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

I haven’t heard from your attorney, Mr Williams, yet. I do hope that he didn’t have any problems in court yesterday and that he managed to get hold of all the documents we need. I will let you know as soon as I hear from him.

I must go now: one of my regular customers, Mrs Demimondaine, has just walked into the shop. She’ll be after her usual daily order of a large granary loaf and two sticky iced finger rolls. Mrs Demimondaine’s husband thinks that she’s on a strict diet, and apparently he has no idea that she buys two sticky iced finger rolls each day from me as well as the loaf of bread. It’s our little secret – her husband knows nothing about it – but there’s nothing Mrs Demimondaine likes better than to enjoy a couple of my sticky fingers after lunch each day.

I’ll get back to you as soon as I hear from the attorney.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Bernard Williams

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: DOCUMENTS FROM BERNARD WILLIAMS & CHAMBERS

Sent: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 11:06:53 -0500 (EST)

BERNARD WILLIAMS & CHAMBERS
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS & SOLICITORS
PLOT 4, GREEK ROAD
APAPA
LAGOS
NIGERIA

DATE: 29TH/11/2005

ATTN: MR GILBERT A MURRAY

DEAR SIR,

PLEASE CONFIRM THE RECEIPT OF THESE ATTACHED COURT AFFIDAVITS PROCURED ON BEHALF OF YOUR ALLEGED CLAIM TO LATE MR ANDREAS SCHRANNER’S FUND DEPOSITED AT AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK.

STILL AT YOUR SERVICE.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,

BARRISTER BERNARD WILLIAMS ESQ

PRINCIPAL, LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

Barrister William’s letter of application
(Click to enlarge)


From: Bernard Williams

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: STATEMENT FROM OUR CHAMBERS

Sent: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 11:19:46 -0500 (EST)

BERNARD WILLIAMS & CHAMBERS
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS & SOLICITORS
PLOT 4, GREEK ROAD
APAPA
LAGOS
NIGERIA

DATE: 29TH/11/2005

ATTN: MR GILBERT A MURRAY

DEAR SIR,

SEQUEL TO THE URGENT REQUEST PUT BEFORE THIS CHAMBERS IN COMPLIANCE TO OUR MODE OF PROCEDURE OF SERVICES BY DR CHARLES IJEOMA WITH REGARDS TO YOUR ALLEGED CLAIMS OF THE LATE MR ANDREAS SCHRANNER’S FUND VALUED AT USD15 MILLION DEPOSITED AT THE AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC.

WE WRITE TO INFORM YOU THAT THIS CHAMBER HAVE SUCCEEDED IN PROCURING THE AFFIDAVIT/COURT APPROVAL ON YOUR TRANSACTION CURRENTLY UNDERGOING DUE PROCESS AT THE AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC, LAGOS, NIGERIA.

SIR, THIS FEDERAL HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE INJUNCTION REVIEW THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO APPLY FOR YOUR RELATIVE’S FUND WITHDRAWAL INTO YOUR ACCOUNT AND THEREFORE WE HEREBY ENCLOSE HERE IN THE ATTACHED PROFILE FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT TWO (2) COPIES OF THE DOCUMENTS PROCURED BY THIS CHAMBER IN THIS REGARD FOR YOUR FILE/PERUSAL.

AT THE SAME TIME, WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT THE ORIGINAL COPIES OF THESE DOCUMENTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SUBMITTED BY THIS CHAMBER TO THE AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK FOR PROMPT ATTENTION REFERRING TO THE TRANSFERRING/RELEASING OF YOUR FUND INTO YOUR DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT AS DULY STIPULATED IN THESE DOCUMENTS.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRY YOU CAN CALL US ON +234-8033581268.

STILL AT YOUR SERVICE.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,

BARRISTER BERNARD WILLIAMS ESQ

PRINCIPAL, LEGAL PRACTITIONERS

A letter from the High Court
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From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: Mr Williams has sent me some documents

Sent: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 08:54:52

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Good news, my friend: Mr Williams has been in touch and sent me some documents. I’ve attached them to this email.

I’m not quite sure what Mr Williams wants me to do with the documents, to be perfectly honest. I’ll send him a quick email and find out.

It seems as if we’re making good progress, Dr Ijeoma. You must be as pleased as I am.

Please give my best wishes to your attractive wife and your two intelligent children.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. I hope you don’t mind me picking your brains, but with you being a doctor it would be silly not to take advantage of your medical knowledge. I’ve been having problems with my right knee recently: it makes a funny clicking sound when I walk and it feels a bit tender every now and again. Do you have any idea what could be the matter with it?


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Bernard Williams

Subject: Thank you for sending me the documents

Sent: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 08:57:30

Dear Mr Williams,

Thank you for sending me those documents yesterday. They look very nice. Obviously everything went well for you at the court. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts on my behalf.

However, I do have a couple of queries and I’d be grateful if you could look into them and get back to me as soon as possible.

Firstly, what do I need to do with the documents you sent me? Do I need to send them to anyone? If so, whom?

Secondly, in the second email you sent me you stated that (and I quote) “... WE HEREBY ENCLOSE HERE IN THE ATTACHED PROFILE FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT TWO (2) COPIES OF THE DOCUMENTS...”. However, you only actually sent me one copy of each document. Could you therefore please send me an additional copy of each document by return?

I look forward to hearing back from you and to receiving additional copies of the two documents by return.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. I noted that the emails you wrote to me were written ENTIRELY IN CAPITAL LETTERS. You probably do things differently over there in Nigeria, but over here in this country only ignorant dolts send emails written entirely in capital letters. Obviously – being a barrister – you wouldn’t want to be mistaken for an ignorant dolt, so could I ask you to write any future emails to me using a conventional mixture of both upper-case and lower-case letters, like any normal person would?


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: ALWAYS KEEP ME POSTED

Sent: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 01:44:55 -0800 (PST)

Dear Partner Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your informations from Barrister Bernard Williams and how about your family I hope everyone is fine.

I have carefully studied the attached documents from Barrister Williams and I am very much excited just like you are and hopefully with these court certified documents I am 100% sure that we will not have any problem while applying for the withdrawal of this fund from our bank.

Right now that we have all the proof of the fund at least we can now go ahead and apply for the immediate release of these fund into your account without any fear and I know that the bank will respond positively to our request as the sole beneficiary of the deceased and the inheritance of the $15 million.

As soon as I received your mail, I have contacted the attorney by phone and was made to understand that he has already submitted the hard copy of these documents which I refer as the original copies to the bank for prompt attention and according to our attorney he assured me that there is no problem and advised that we should go ahead and apply for the fund without any fear and that the bank have the original copies of these documents now.

All the same, since you said in your mail that you have contacted him well it’s OK by me and let’s wait to hear from him and then decide on what action to take next but while that is going on I advise you ensure you keep the documents very safe in case of any future reference as you are regards as the sole beneficiary of the fund.

Any development from the attorney I will appreciate you keep me inform.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Bernard Williams

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: UPDATE

Sent: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 05:16:05 -0500 (EST)

BERNARD WILLIAMS & CHAMBERS
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS & SOLICITORS
PLOT 4, GREEK ROAD
APAPA
LAGOS
NIGERIA

DATE: 30TH/11/2005

ATTN: MR GILBERT A MURRAY,

We write to acknowledge your mail.

Sir, the second copy which we refer to in our previous correspondence have been submitted to the bank on behalf of your good self and the copy sent to you is purposely for your record and safekeeping as the sole beneficiary to the fund.

Please be inform that your transaction is currently undergoing due process at the African Union Development Bank and the bank promised to reach you with details of the fund in a short while and at this point we want to submit that we have done all in our capacity to encourage a solid transfer of the fund allocated to you as the sole beneficiary into your designated bank account.

Thanks for your observations from our previous correspondence, some of our clients choose to be written to in block letters for easy clarifications.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRY YOU CAN CALL US ON +234-8033581268.

STILL AT YOUR SERVICE.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,

BARRISTER BERNARD WILLIAMS ESQ

PRINCIPAL, LEGAL PRACTITIONERS


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Bernard Williams

Subject: Thanks for clarifying matters

Sent: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 11:09:42

Dear Mr Williams,

Thanks for your email and for clarifying matters. It’s good to see that you are obviously in full control of matters over at your end.

To be perfectly honest with you, I was a little bit worried at first at the prospect of using a lawyer I didn’t know for this transaction. I’ve used the same lawyer over here in the UK for the past ten years or more and I had my doubts that you would be able to match the impeccably high standards of competence that he has always displayed in my dealings with him. However, I pleased to be able to tell you, Mr Williams, that you have proved me wrong. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way you are handling this transaction.

It’s also good to see that you’ve managed to get the hang of that CAPS LOCK key. Your skills are obviously not restricted to the legal world; by the looks of things you are obviously something of a genius when it comes to computers too. Well done, Mr Williams. Keep up the good work.

I will wait now to hear from the bank. Thanks again for your sterling work on my behalf.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Awele Bello

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: APPROVED FOR PAYMENT & OFFICIAL INVITATION

Sent: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 15:38:38 +0000 (GMT)

AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK OF NIGERIA (AUDB)
14a Broad Street
Lagos lsland
Lagos
Nigeria
Direct fax line: 234-9-2722063
Direct fax line: 234-1-7595481
Direct phone line: 234-1-4765324

Date: 30th November 2005

ATTENTION: Mr Gilbert A Murray

SUB: APPROVED FOR PAYMENT ESTATE OF LATE MR ANDREAS SCHRANNER’S FUND VALUED AT $15 MILLION (FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) ONLY.

Dear Sir,

We are pleased to inform you that the aforementioned fund has been approved for immediate payment into your bank account in UNITED KINGDOM by this bank having received the proof of legitimate documents from your lawyer, Barrister Bernard Williams.

Please view the attached payment transmittal for more details and acknowledge the receipt of this message within 48 hours GMT.

In addition, you are hereby invited to come forward to our bank head office at the above address along with your late uncle’s death certificate and reactivation fee for the purpose of reactivation of your late uncle’s dormant account to enhance further credit into your account.

Accept our congratulations in advance!!!

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Awele Bello

International Remittance Dept

For: African Union Development Bank PLC

The remittance advice from the bank
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From: Gilbert Murray

To: Awele Bello

Subject: Regarding my late uncle’s fortune

Sent: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 09:42:49

Dear Mrs Bello,

Thanks for your email regarding my late uncle’s fortune. I am delighted to hear that the contents of Mr Schranner’s bank account has been approved for immediate payment into my own bank account.

The email you sent me and the letter that was attached to it raised a number of issues that I will need to discuss with my lawyer. I will get back to you as soon as I’ve done so.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. You might like to have a word with your bank’s stationery department: I couldn’t help but notice that the name of your department has been spelled incorrectly in the header of your letter. Whoever designed that headed paper for you deserves a rap on the knuckles if you ask me.


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: The bank has approved the payment!

Sent: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 10:01:33

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Good news, my friend: the bank has approved the payment of that Schranner chap’s money into my bank account! I got a letter from a Mrs Awele Bello telling me so this morning.

I imagine that you probably know Mrs Bello, given that she works in the International Remittance Department of your bank. Tell me, my friend, how does that differ from the Foreign Remittance Department where you work? I must say, I’m a bit surprised to see that your bank has got two different departments that deal with remittances from abroad: surely your two departments must do pretty much the same thing? And the letter heading said that it came from the “Foreign Remittance Operations Department”. Is this yet another similar department? That looks like a classic case of over-manning if you ask me.

Anyway, there does seem to be a slight problem: Mrs Bello is asking for Mr Schranner’s death certificate, and I don’t have that. Do you have any idea how we can go about getting hold of a copy? Given that Mr Schranner’s body was probably burned to a crisp in the plane crash he died in, do you think there will even be a death certificate? It must have been a hell of a job for the authorities to identify his body given that all that would have been left would have been a pile of charred bone fragments.

I was wondering whether it might be worth me getting in touch with Mr Welsby, a lawyer I’ve used on and off for the past ten years or so. He might be able to help us out by locating and obtaining Mr Schranner’s death certificate.

In fact, Mr Ijeoma, do you think it would be worth me getting Welsby involved in this business anyway? If any legal issues crop up at this end, it might be useful to have him to hand to deal with them as soon as they arise. Welsby’s a fine lawyer, and very well-respected in Lincolnshire legal circles. He also charges extremely reasonable fees.

Welsby’s got the sharpest legal brain I’ve ever come across. He proved invaluable the other year after an unfortunate incident involving three kilogrammes of rat poison that Elizabeth had poured into a sack marked “plain flour” after the bag split and the rather lethal batch of barm cakes that I inadvertently baked the following day.

Welsby worked wonders in the ensuing court case. Not only did he manage to get all charges against me dropped, he also persuaded the judge to award me costs against the bereaved families.

I can’t recommend Welsby highly enough. Let me know if you’d like me to contact him, my dear fellow. I am sure he would be able to help us out in this business.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray

PS. You didn’t give me any advice about my knee. Is there anything you’d recommend that might help matters?


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: URGENT REPLY!!!

Sent: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 03:18:50 -0800 (PST)

Dear Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your message and how about your lovely family and your beautiful wife Elizabeth and Junior I hope they are all fine.

I have received your mail containing the translated information from the bank asking for the deceased death certificate but I would have prefer to have a copy of the bank instruction in order to understand fully all that is contained therein from a banker’s professional experience.

In any case, I want you to understand that we now have a big task at hand regarding the death certificate which we must produce to enable us to recover this fund from the bank.

In an attempt to fix this problem, I have contacted Barrister Bernard Williams immediately I received your mail on how to go about it. The lawyer confirmed to me that he can help us in securing the death certificate but requested that it will have to cost us some money about $3,750 to procure the death certificate and I want to believe that this where your urgent financial assistance will be needed in order to fix this problem.

About your advice to involve Mr Welsby in this case I have also discussed this matter with Barrister Bernard Williams who reliably inform me that the effort of Mr Welsby will not encourage in this nature of request since the deceased in question was living here in Nigeria before the accident occurred and Barrister Bernard Williams stated that under the Nigeria jurisdiction is whereby such document with regards to the death certificate will be procured and from the lawyer advice I want to submit that employing the services of another lawyer in your country will not be necessary for now but we can still hire his services maybe the moment I arrive in England for the purpose of investing this fund.

Right now all I require from you is to inform me as urgent as possible on how much you can at least afford to pay as part of your support to encourage the attorney to proceed further and secure the death certificate as urgent as possible having considered the fact that we have few weeks to accomplish this transaction and recover our fund into your account before the bank will go on vacation for the long Christmas holidays.

Lastly, while making up your mind about how much to contribute towards achieving the death certificate I will advise you to consider the fact that I sponsored the documents we got from the court that gave us the approval to fund without asking for your support and now that we have urgent need at hand I look forward for you to show me some commitment from your side to show that you are part of this transaction.

Lastly, as for your knees I am sorry my very good friend, I am not a medical doctor but an economist with PhD in monetary economics and international finance.

Please review this request and advice.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: The letter from the bank

Sent: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 14:05:28

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your email. Elizabeth and Gilbert Jnr are both very well. Thank you for asking. How are your family?

You asked me to send you the letter that I received from the bank this morning. I’ve attached it to this email so that you can see what they said for yourself.

You said in your email that Mr Williams was asking for $3,750 to get hold of the late Mr Schranner’s death certificate. That sounds like an awful lot of money to me: that’s over £2,000 when you convert it into real money.

Are you sure that Mr Williams isn’t trying to take us for a ride here? I’m a little bit concerned that he may have bumped up his fees simply because he knows how much money we’re going to make in this deal. Perhaps he sees us as some kind of cash cow. Why exactly does Mr Williams need quite so much money for what seems at first glance to be quite a simple task? Has he given you a detailed breakdown of the figures? Have you asked him to justify the amount he’s asking for?

Look, my friend, why don’t I have a word with Welsby about this and see if he’d be able to do something about this for us? Welsby’s fees have always been very reasonable, and I’m sure he wouldn’t charge us over £2,000 just to obtain someone’s death certificate.

I don’t mind contributing financially towards the success of this transaction – given the fact that you’ve paid for everything yourself up until now, it’s the least I can do – but I’d like to be sure that Mr Williams isn’t trying to fleece us before I part with any cash.

What do you reckon, my friend? Shall I get in touch with Welsby and see if I can get him to swing into action on our behalf?

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Awele Bello

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Confirmation of your acknowledgement

Sent: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 14:23:44 +0000 (GMT)

AFRICAN UNION DEVELOPMENT BANK OF NIGERIA (AUDB)
14a Broad Street
Lagos lsland
Lagos
Nigeria
Direct fax line: 234-9-2722063
Direct fax line: 234-1-7595481
Direct phone line: 234-1-4765324

Date: 1st December 2005

ATTENTION: Mr Gilbert A Murray

SUB: APPROVED FOR PAYMENT ESTATE OF LATE MR ANDREAS SCHRANNER’S FUND VALUED AT $15 MILLION (FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) ONLY.

Dear Sir,

We are pleased to acknowledge your mail and we hope that you endeavour to get back to us in time with a view to informing the bank about your schedule date of your arrival to enable the bank to fix a date suitable during our official banking hours for the formal endorsement of our classified documents that will enhance onward fund remittance into your designated bank co-ordinate.

Note: all protocols requested by this bank in our previous correspondence are expected to be met before your arrival date.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Awele Bello

International Remittance Dept

For: African Union Development Bank PLC


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Awele Bello

Subject: Acknowledgement

Sent: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 15:02:11

Dear Mrs Bello,

Thank you for your acknowledgement which acknowledged the acknowledgement I sent you this morning to acknowledge the email you sent to me yesterday. This acknowledgement – my second acknowledgement – is to acknowledge your acknowledgement of my previous acknowledgement – ie my first acknowledgement.

Regarding the forthcoming transfer of my late uncle’s fortune, I would like to assure you that everything is in hand. I expect to be in a position to meet your protocols within the next day or so.

I will be back in touch when I am in a position to move forward.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: URGENT! URGENT!!

Sent: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 00:19:22 -0800 (PST)

Dearest Partner Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your mail, I am happy to hear that Elizabeth and Gilbert Jnr are alright and as for my family we are all doing very fine except that we are very much interested in making sure that this transaction is concluded before the bank goes on vacation.

Regarding the fee by Barrister Bernard Williams I want you to understand that I have negotiated this amount with him and he insisted that the amount is what that is required from the agency concerned with the issuance of the death certificate and I have decided to consider the fee due to the fact that he is the very one who is in charge of this transaction from the beginning and he understood very well about our secret and now that we have already involved him from the beginning there is no way we can drop him now for our best interest and I hope you understand the point I am trying to make.

Though the amount may look as if it is very huge to compare with the nature of our request but having been given enough reason to justify this fee by Barrister Bernard Williams I decided to give him the benefit of doubt and allow him to perform this task for us so that we can go ahead and complete our transaction with the bank to enhance further release of our fund into your account.

Again, I have also discover from the remittance advice of the bank that we still have another fee to administer and that is the $1,780 which the bank explain as the reactivation fee and having plus the two fee together we have about $5,530 to pay before we can go ahead and conclude this transaction with the bank.

After due consideration, I have resolved to take care of the activation fee of $1,780 and I want you to consider the $3,750 requested by the attorney for the procurement of the death certificate so that we can achieve some progress.

One more thing, I also understood from the remittance advice that you are advised to come forward to our banking hall and sign the bank classified documents for the official release of our fund and I also read that we were given another option to appoint a lawyer who will stand on your behalf to complete the transaction in case you won’t be available.

Based on this option, I have decided to arrange with Barrister Bernard Williams to stand on your behalf and assist us to complete this transaction by signing all the documents mentioned by our bank having considered the busy nature of your business.

Lastly, I want to submit that you listen to my advice and let us reason in the same way and make sure this transaction is concluded in more clean way to avoid any hindrance and as for your lawyer Mr Welsby I want you to forget about inviting him into this transaction since we have decided to give Mr Williams the upper hand to assist us complete this transaction.

Now my advice is that you contact Barrister Bernard Williams and request for his payment procedure and endeavour to transfer the fee for the death certificate to him as urgent as possible to enable us to end this transaction immediately and also forward the last instruction from the bank to him as well let him respond to the bank and give the bank a date for the completion of our transaction.

Finally, in case you cannot be present in our banking hall to complete the transaction I will advise that you reply to the bank explaining to them that you cannot be available due to illness and to replace your unavailability you have order your lawyer Barrister Bernard Williams to act on your behalf and he will come forward with all that is required.

Please do this for me and get back to me as urgent as possible and once I hear from you I will try my best to find the fee for activation and send to him as well.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: I’m confused now

Sent: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 10:55:16

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your email. I’m sorry, my friend, but you’ve confused me now.

Are there two fees to pay? I thought there was just one. What’s the second fee for? And what’s all this about getting Mr Williams to stand in for me because of illness? I’m not ill at all; in fact I’ve never felt better. And what does he have to stand in for me to do anyway?

All this sounded as if it was going to be very simple at the start, but it’s turned out to be very confusing. There’s just so much information for me to take in, and it’s making my head hurt. I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to explain it all to me again, my friend.

Please get back to me as soon as you can. Do give me regards to your wife and family.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Don’t be confused now

Sent: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 03:24:12 -0800 (PST)

Dear Partner Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your mail, and how about your family I hope fine.

Please don’t be confused about the whole process, to be frank with you the information I gave was exactly what I understood from the bank advice which you forwarded over to my side and I don’t mean to scare you while giving you these briefs.

In any case, about the fee which you mention please understand that one comes from the attorney Barrister Bernard Williams with regards to the death certificate and the next one is from the bank for the reactivation of the deceased dormant account and I hope you can now understand how comes about the two fee you have mentioned.

But in any case, I advise you stop being confused and inform me on how much you can afford to pay from your end as part of your support towards ensuring this transaction is completed as urgent as possible.

Secondly, about my statement regarding your illness please understand that I feel very sorry for using that comment but all I have always wanted is to ensure that we gave a reasonable answer to the bank why the lawyer will be representing you in performing the signing of the bank classified documents.

Sir, all I have always wanted is to ensure that our fund is credited into your account by next week and for us to achieve this we must ensure we make necessary arrangement to meet all that the bank has requested latest by Monday and all will be fine.

Finally, please understand that all this process is very simple just like you first thought and be rest assured that once we make the requirement available the bank will release our fund to your account with immediate effect.

Lastly, I hereby advise that you contact the lawyer immediately and transfer the money according to how much you have agreed to pay as part of your support and reply back to me as urgent as possible.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Waiting for your urgent reply

Sent: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 04:16:49 -0800 (PST)

Dear Partner Mr Gilbert Murray,

I hope you have gotten my last mail regarding the two fees you thought about please make sure you respond to me as quickly as possible and inform me on how much you can afford to contribute as part of your assistance having understood very well that I sponsored the two documents we got from the court which gave us the approval of this fund.

I understand perfectly well on how you are feeling right now about the two fees involved in this transaction but I am afraid this is the fact we must have to accept if we are to achieve any progress or not and so I will like to advise that you open up to me and inform me as urgent as possible on the amount of money you will be willing to pay as part of your support and let me see how to find the rest provided we make some progress.

Please you have to be fast in taking any decision regarding this payment to enable us have a clean completion of this transaction by next week with a view to recovering the fund into your account.

Looking forward to your swift reply,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: I’ll have to sit down and go through my accounts

Sent: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 14:27:28

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your emails. Things seem a little bit clearer now that you’ve explained them to me again, but this is still an awful lot for a simple country baker like me to get my head around. The world of international finance is all new to me, you see. I’m used to baking bread. That’s nice and simple in comparison.

If I understand what you’re trying to tell me, you’d like me to take care of the $3,750 fee that Mr Williams is asking for. Is that right?

To be perfectly honest my friend, I don’t have that kind of money just lying around. Like I told you, things are tough in the baking business these days and I’m not making nearly as much money as I used to. I blame the supermarkets: they’ve all got their own instore bakeries nowadays, and it’s getting harder and harder for a small businessman like me to make a living.

I’ll tell you what. I’ll sit down this weekend and go through my accounts and see if there’s some way I can come up with the money. How does that sound to you? I might be able to put off paying some of my creditors for a couple of weeks or something like that. Is that OK with you?

On a completely unrelated matter, I wonder if I could ask your advice about something, my friend? I’m thinking of having a new sign made for the front of the shop – the paint’s starting to peel on the existing one – and I was wondering whether I should adopt a slogan for the bakery and have it painted on the sign. I’m after a slogan that emphasises how long the business has been in my family. I was thinking about “Murray’s Bakers... we’ve been in bread for over two hundred years”. What do you think? Do you reckon that might boost my sales?

I must go: one of my regular customers, Mr Rooney, has just come into the shop. He’s a big fan of my jam tarts. I’ve never known a man with such a fondness for tarts. People have commented to me that every time they see Mr Rooney he’s got a different tart with him. He’s even been known to pay for two or three tarts at the same time.

Do get back to me and let me know what you think of the new slogan, won’t you my friend? And I’ll have a good look through my accounts this weekend and see what I can do to come up with the money.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORTS

Sent: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 09:44:39 -0800 (PST)

Dear Partner Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your urgent reply, I am happy you now understand the meaning of my explanation from my recent mails at least now we have one thing in common and that is to source for a way to ensure the bank requirements is met by next week.

Regarding your submission to check your account possibly this weekend and come up with the lawyer’s fee for the death certificate, I think is nice idea in the right direction and I want to advise that if you can suspend the payment of your customers till later date as a means of raising money to pay for the death certificate I can assure you 100% that once our fund is released and wired into your account by next week as expected, I am sure you will have enough money to service your business and pay back all your creditors.

Now I will advise you to contact the lawyer Barrister Bernard Williams immediately and inform him to give you his payment details to enable you to transfer the $3,750 first thing Monday morning so that the lawyer can proceed to the agency in charge of the issuing of the death certificate and secure it with immediate effect.

Secondly, I now understand that I have to look for an avenue of raising money for the activation fee as fast as I can so that we can both have the two fees paid by next week Monday to the lawyer for the final release of our fund.

Again, as for your idea to have a new sign made for the front of the shop is a very beautiful idea and this will go a long way in increasing your sales and boosting your finance from the bakery and also create more awareness about the existence of the bakery business and I will also advise that you make use of a striking slogan like Murray’s Bakers like you mentioned, I believe is already a household name in the bakery industry in Lincoln.

Looking forward to your next reply and have a wonderful weekend with your family.

Best regards,

Dr Ijeoma


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: STILL WAITING TO BE UPDATED

Sent: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 05:07:27 -0800 (PST)

Dear Partner Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks and how about your family I hope fine.

I am beginning to get worried after checking my mail frequently today with a view to hear from you but none, well I want to believe that everyone in your family is OK because that is more important.

And concerning your business I hope you have received the advice I gave from my previous mail and I want to believe you will utilise all that I have advised very well for the progress of your business.

Lastly, regarding our transaction please kindly make haste and inform me about the payment of the death certificate and ensure you contact our attorney Barrister Bernard Williams as soon as you can and always have in mind that we just have to work very hard to accomplish this project by next week.

Once again, I will be looking forward to your swift response.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


From: Gilbert Murray

To: Dr Charles Ijeoma

Subject: Sorry I haven’t got back to you yet

Sent: Sun, 04 Dec 2005 10:18:35

Dear Dr Ijeoma,

Thanks for your emails. I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to get back to you yet but it’s been a bit of a hectic weekend here: my bread oven has broken down and I’ve been flat to the boards trying to arrange for someone to come and fix it as soon as possible. That oven is my lifeline – without it, I don’t have a business – but it’s proving to be terribly difficult to find someone who can come and fix it at such short notice who doesn’t charge the earth for their services.

As a result of this, I haven’t had chance to go through my finances yet, but rest assured my friend that I will do my best to go through them later today. I’ll get back to you tomorrow.

Best regards,

Gilbert Murray


From: Dr Charles Ijeoma

To: Gilbert Murray

Subject: Please try to hasten up

Sent: Sun, 04 Dec 2005 23:45:34 -0800 (PST)

Dear Partner Mr Gilbert Murray,

Thanks for your reply mail and how about your family and together with your business I hope fine.

I have received your mail and got your explanation but please try to hasten up because time is no longer on our side.

Looking forward to your swift response and as you endeavour to reach me with the details of your payment please make sure you contact the attorney at the same time and ask for his payment information so that you can transfer the money direct to him and let us conclude this transaction as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Dr Charles Ijeoma


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