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From: "Grace Marshal" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 17:57:32 +0000
Subject: My Dear Friend
My Dear Friend,
l am George Grace Marshal, the Chief Executive of Harrison oils know this
proposal will come to you as a surprise because we have not met before
either physically or through correspondence.
I got your contact from our chamber of commerce here in Nigeria and have no
doubt in your ability to handle this proposal involving huge sum of money.
My husband is Chief Harry Marshal Chairman Harrison oil (Now Late) he was
the chairman of the opposition party in Nigeria ANPP in South South Nigeria.
But was murdered in cold blood by unknown gun Men just a 2weeks to the April
19 2003 election the election that brought this present evil government to
power for the second time. My husband was killed because he wanted the
Nigerians to live a very happy live. But the buccaneers that have been
ruling this beautiful country for over 35 years refuse to allow a change, so
they decided to kill him in order to have their way. View this web site for
more information about what i am talking about
( http://www.buhari2003.org/PDP%20_is_responsible_for_death.htm )
Meanwhile we are from Eleme (an oil rich town) in south south Nigeria. My
community produces 5.8% of the total crude oil production in Nigeria and
0.5% of the Dollar value of each barrel is paid to my Father as Royalty by
the Federal Government since he is from oil rich region.
My Husband was also the Chairman of ELEME Special Oil Trust Fund. In his
position as the Chairman of the Oil Trust Fund, he made some money which he
left for me as the only heir apparent. The money is Eighteen Million, Five
Hundred Thousand US Dollars (US$18.5). This Money originated from the
accumulated royalties between 1976-1998.
Due to poor banking system in Nigeria and political instability as a result
of long stay of Military in government. He deposited this Money in a Strong
Room/"VAULTS" with an open beneficiary in the (Central Bank of Nigeria)
pending when he would finish arrangement to transfer it abroad.
He was planning this before they murdered him inside his living room. Just
before my husband was murdered, one day he called me just immediately he
comes back from Aso rock he told me this government might kill him if care
is not taken due to the differences he had with the government.
But he is not worried he says if they kill him since he is fighting the
cause of the poor masses. Then he called my attention to the money and
charged me to look for a foreigner who would assist me in the
transfer/investment of the funds abroad.
So l would be very grateful if you could accept to help me achieve this
great objective. I promise to give you 20% of the total funds transferred to
your vital Bank Account as compensation for your assistance.
Five percent (5%) will be set aside to take care of all expenses we may
incure during the transaction. To indicate your interest, contact me
urgently and confidentially for more information and the roles you will play
in this business. All the legal Documents concerning this Money will be sent
to you as soon as we agreed together. I would require from you by returning
fax and phone confirmation as a matter of urgency the following:
1. Beneficiary/ Account Name and or Company Name,
Address office and home phone and fax #.
2. Name, Address, Phone and Fax # of your Bank.
3. Account # of Beneficiary, Routing, Swift or
Telex # of your Bank.
The above information would be used to make formal applications as a matter
of procedure for the release of the money for onward transfer to your
account. It does not matter whether your company does contract projects of
the kind described here. The assumption is that your company won the major
contract bid and subcontracted it out to other companies. More often than
not, big trading companies and firms of unrelated fields win major contracts
and subcontract to more specialized firms for execution. We have strong and
reliable connections and contracts at the Apex Bank (Central Bank of
Nigeria) and the Federal Ministry of Finance and I assure you that the fund
will be released and transferred if we get your