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From: "Markaty Win lotto" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 14:19:17 +0000
Subject: Reply now
From: Mr. Mark AnthonyDiplomats World Ltd Private: + 447040115709 Direct Fax.+ 447092868415 We are Diplomats that use our immunity and status to safe keep special and valuable packages and baggage in trust for reputable clients that are honest and trustworthy. We work in collaboration with top firms and Governments of various countries as we have earned a name as a service whose hallmarks in reliability and confidentiality are revered. International missions, Fellow Diplomats and Embassies of the world have used our services to satisfaction. A benefactor has mandated me to get someone that can assist her and her family in retrieving her package containing some amount of money from a Diplomatic Corps in Europe. The benefactor and her children have been confined only to their country home and all their calls and movements are monitored, as a result, its absolutely impossible for them to do anything as regards retrieving the money. Their only means of communication is via internet and you are being contacted because your assistance is needed in claiming the funds on their behalf. In order to clear any misgivings or doubts that you may have, it is imperative that I give you an insight of who the benefactor is. I do not know how conversant you are with events and the fragile political situation in Liberia but it has made consistent headlines on CNN, BBC and several news bulletins around the world. The benefactor is Mrs.Suzana Isaac Nuhan Vaye, wife of the late Deputy Minister of Works in Liberia (Isaac Nuhan Vaye) who was murdered by Taylor during the regime of President Charles Taylor on the false accusation and trumped up charges of trying to overthrow Charles Taylor. The late Isaac Nuhan Vaye raised a substantial amount of money from Diamond Sales over a period of six years and these funds were carefully moved out and deposited with Diplomats in Europe for safekeeping before his assassination by Charles Taylor. The amount accrued from the Diamond sales over this period of six years is USD38.6M (Thirty Eight, Six Hundred Million U.S.Dollars) and these funds are fully free of any liens or encumbrances and are clean, clear and has no criminal origin. The funds have nothing to do with any form of illegality and all documentations needed to prove the source of the funds were submitted when the funds were being deposited and these documents would prove the source of the funds and authenticate the fact that the funds are clean and has no links whatsoever with either drugs or terrorism. For your assistance in this transaction, the benefactor and her Children have agreed to give you 25% of the total amount of money which is equivalent to US$9.65 Million (Nine Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) for your role in this transaction which involves retrieving the funds on their behalf from the Diplomats all the information needed to claim the funds would be sent to you as soon as you indicate your interest in assisting them as well as providing the following information to facilitate the smooth conclusion of the transaction. Requested Information are as follows; Your Full Name: ______________________________ Your Complete Address (Physical Address With Zip Code) : ______________________________ Date of Birth(day/month/year):______________________ Name of City of Residence: ____________________ Telephone Number:______________________ Mobile Number:_________________________ Fax Number:______________________________ You can verify the authenticity of this letter on one of the worlds' top Newspapers below: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2003-07-15-liberia_x.htm I await your response. Mr. Mark Anthony.