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From: victoria lasan <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 12:08:35 +0100 (CET)
From: Miss victoria lasan
Picadilly Guest House,
Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire.
My dear Partner,
I am Miss victoria lasan, a 29 year old lady from Liberia in West-Africa. Without taking much of your time, I want to inform you that I attended the school of catering and hotel management in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. Having completed my higher diploma course, I was employed as a cook/steward in the Presidential villa of the Executive President of the Federal republic of Liberia. And this is where I came in contact with Ex-President Charles Taylor who was, then, the President of Liberia.
During my tenure as the cook/steward in the presidential villa, I fell in love with Ex-president Charles Taylor and we dated untill he was forced out of power due to pressures mounted on him from the international communities, particularly President George W. Bush of The United States of America. He ran to Nigeria where he was granted political asylum.
Immediately after his exit from power, the rebels from the northern part of Liberia broke into another bloody war which resulted into the killing of my father and two junior sisters. My mother narrowly escaped death in the hands of the rebels after succeeding in amputating her right hand. She is currently taking refuge at the United nations refugee's camp in Guinea Conankry.
I ran to Cote d' Ivoire, a neighbouring country when I got the information that the rebels were after my life because they got information that I am in love with Ex-President Charles Taylor.
Few months ago,Mr. charles Taylor sent message to me from Nigeria that he heard of all that happened to me as a result of my affair with him. And as a way of compensating me, he has deposited for me the sum of $ USD 4 000 000 (four million United States Dollars) in a foreign bank in Europe. That this is all he can do to erase all the pains I must have suffered in the hands of the rebels as a result of my intimate affair with him.
This is the reason why I am contacting you. My attorney has contacted the bank in Europe and it was confirmed that such amount of money was deposited on my behalf by Mr.Charles Taylor. And my attorney do advise that I should hurriedly retrieve this money from the bank in Europe to a safer account. Base on this advice, I am appealing to you to come to my aid. What I really need from you is to show your willingness to accept this fund into your nominated bank account where both of us can judiciously invest it in any profitable business in your country. I have chosen your country for my future investment based on it's political, religious and economic stability.
I would therefore consider it a great favour if you can respond back to me declaring your willingness to accept the fund. Thereafter, I would liase with my attorney to instruct the bank to transfer the fund into your account, that you have been appointed as the beneficiary of the fund in question.
I will stop so far until I hear from you in no distance tiome.
Have a wonderful time with your entire family.
Miss victoria lasan
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