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From: "sara kome" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 17:24:33 +0000
Subject: please pray for me
I am very sorry to bother you with my plight.
please know that it's not by mistake I am are contacting you
but by the special grace of God.
After searching for someone I can lay my plight to,I've finally come with you after prayers to God.
My name is SARA KOME from Liberia. I am 19.
My father and I escaped from our country at the heat of the
civil war after loosing my mother and two of my senior sisters in
the war.They were raped and shot.
My father established his cocoa
business in Kumasi, Ghana.
He was in ACCRA, to negotiate for the purchase
a field when he was involved in an auto crash.
There is a big problem here and the people here hate foriegners.
He was hospitalised before he finally gave up on on the 24th of March .
His death has now made me an orphan and I am exposed to danger.
As I write, foriegners are attacked on daily basis.
Before the unfortunate sudden death, my father called me to his side and
told me he have a total sum of 8.45 million dollars deposited in a box with a security company in BRUSSELS BELGIUM .
He siad he did not disclose the content of the box to them as he filled and labelled it as family valuables .
He said he used me his only surviving child as his next of kin to the deposite and incase he
fails to make it that I should take care of myself and get someone to help
invest the money for me. I have all the papers with me here.He gave me the security code to open the box and said
the company does not have it and should be careful not to give it to no one except my guardian.
I have confirm from them all the papers he gave me on the deposit.
I asked them to send me the box but they sent me the paper my dad signed
with them that I must be 25 years old before they can hand over the money to
They said I should send them my birth certificate which I did and they told
me that am still under the age my dad signed with them.
They told me that my dad made a provision that my guardian can be able to obtain the
box on my behalf.
Please this is where I need you please.I am suffering here without money and
since he died,I have not gone to school again while there is money lying in
I will do all you want from me provided its within my reach and the will of
I am trusting you because I trust God never to lead me astray.
Please help me.
I have just emailed them that my guardian will contact them because I dont want
them to take advantage of me that i have no guardian.
I want you to stand for me as my guardian and contact them.Tell them you
are my guardian and because of the crisis here,you want me to be with you
where you can better take care of me.
Tell them to transfer the money to you immediately.
Please help save my life please.
I have no more money here and feeding is a big problem to me now.
Please I am trusting you because I trust God.
Again, As soon as the money has been transfered ,to assist me with a letter
of invitation that will make me get a visa to
your country for residence inorder for me to continue my education and to
invest the fund in a viable business there.
This money can take care of me there without any problem and please I need
you to manage the fund for me as this is my last hope in life. I am ready to
do anything you want provided you help me.
You can Have 20 percent of the money if you help me.If this is acceptable to you, send me a mail
through my e-mail account so that I can know you more .
Please send me your photo and your telephone number please.
God Bless you.