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Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 09:28:24 +0200
Subject: URGENT REPLY
From: Evangelist Dube Willson
Tel: + 27-73-344-1044.
I am Evangelist Dube Willson,the first son of late Dr. John
Dube. I am a citizen of Swaziland. My late father was the
managing director of Aluminum Company in Swaziland but
unfortunately he died in the year 2002 after a protracted
illness. Due to poor management of the company in my
country and for the fact that I am so dedicated to church
activities realized that I am too young to manage a large
company of that type and most of the director have already
began to divert the net profit being generated from the
I therefore arrange with my father?s lawyer and sold the
entire company to Mr. Alan Foster from Poland at the price
of US $10,600,000,(Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand
Dollars). Due to constant pressure from some of my
relatives and also fear of likely attack on my family to
hijack the fund, I arrange with my mother to transfer the
fund to one of the security and finance company in South
Africa, where I am currently staying with my mother and two
However, I am into pastoral activities now and most of my
time is been dedicated to church activities. At the moment,
we want to transfer the fund to overseas account for
investment because there is no good investment atmosphere
here in South Africa. I therefore need your assistance to
enable me transfer the fund into your private/companies
account overseas so that we can relocate to plan for the
investment of the fund through your personal assistance.
I need your assistance in investing the fund because I have
little experience of investment/management of the fund. It
is also my plan that after the successful transfer of the
fund into your overseas account, I will first relocate my
mother and other 2 sisters to stay with you, while I will
complete my theological school.
What I need from you is honest and sincerity because this
fund is my life and the life of my family. If can assist us
in this transaction, I will give you 30% of the total fund
for your assistance, while 70% will remain in your account
for (2 years) to enable me complete my school and join my
family to plan for the investments. Please, be assured that
this transaction is 100% risk free.
I await your soonest response.
Regards and God bless.
Evangelist Dube Willson,
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