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From: "jose 3" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2005 02:36:02 +0000
Subject: Thanks for your anticipated cooperation and Gob bless you.
This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not
met personally. My name is Jose Wayas, a business merchant in Indonesia. I
was a victim of the TSUNAMI disaster that led over 174,000 people dead in
Indonesia's Aceh province.
Well, I lost all my family members and was seriously injured as a result of
this catastrophe and currently hospitalised in Germany. My illness has
defiled all form of medical treatment and I only have about a few months to
live according to medical report. I have not particularly lived my life so
well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my business.
But now I regret all these as I now know that there is more to life than
just wanting to have or make all the money in this world. Now that I know my
time is near, I want to WILL and give most of my properties and assets to
you to enhance the relief of other Asian Tsunami Victims and other charity
aid. I have decided to give alms for charity aid, as I want this to be one
of the last good deeds I do on earth. But i am afraid most of these charity
organisations will use it for their personal interests without someone to
co-ordinate this task.
Hence, i am seeking a trust-worthy person who is able to help me carry out
this great task. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do
this my self any more. I lost alot of money, assests, properties, etc due to
this disaster. Meanwhile, i still have $16,500,000.00 USD only) cash deposit
that I have with a Financial Firm Abroad. I will want you to help me collect
this deposit and dispatched it for humanitarian aid.
Also, you will let them know that it is I Jose Wayas that is making this
generous donations to them to serve as memorial while I was on earth. I am
writing this from my laptop computer in my hospital bed where I wait for my
time to come. I pray that God uses you to support and assist me with good
Also, these are the necessary criteria you have to meet before I will give
you the full authority over the fund:
(a)My conviction of your transparent, honesty and diligence and you will
treat this transaction as I have instructed you to do.
(b)Upon the receipt of the funds, you will promptly release $3,500,000.00
USD to charity aid to help the needy, $11,500,000 USD will be used for
investment and you will ONLY take the balance $1,500,000.00 USD for your
(c)You must be ready to produce me with enough information about yourself to
put my mind at rest, by providing your full beneficiary name, your contact
address, telephone and fax numbers for further communication.
(d)All necessary legal documentations must be undertaken before you can have
the full right over this fund and other properties which i will give to you
in due course.
(e)Also, you will be entitle to 20% of the annual income of any investment
you wish to go into in Order to enhance further charitable work.
I would suggest that you can invest this money into stocks, properties,
bonds, etc. or any lucrative business you may suggest. I will bring you into
the complete picture of the transaction when I have heard from you. Your
urgent response will be highly appreciated with all your contact details.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation and Gob bless you.