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From: Mrs Vivian Allison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 08:35:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: A cry for help plz cll me + 233 243722449
Please save me and my son Dear,
I pray that this mail will reach you in good faith, that you will give it urgent attention and handle it with secrecy because my life and that of my only surviving son William is in great danger.
My name is Mrs Vivian Allison. I am the widow of late Dr Hyginus Allison, from the
district of Monrovia in Liberia. I got your contact from internet. My husband was a very successful Cocoa and Diamond marchant until his assasination . He was also deeply involved in the politics and civil war of Liberia.
I am facing very difficult financial problems, gross intimidation and threat from my husband's extended family and in particular the rebel leader who is my husband's close relative. They have taken over all my husband's businesses estates, properties and even his local bank accounts.
I am painfully subjected to sleep and make sex with the rebel leader before I
can get some food and money to feed my son. Infact, my children James and Mary were murddred in cold blood, so I have to take my only surviving son William to escape to Lome, the republic of Togo where we are residing under hiding.
The reason why I am contacting you is to seek for your personal help and support and
assistance for me and my son William, who is only 19 years,under age to handle his father's only money deposited in NATIONAL TRUST SECURITY COMPANY. that we still have access to. My husband has a consigment contain money deposit of US$9.5 million.
I want you to come in as my husband's next of kin and provide a new bank account to transfer this money urgently. If the money is transferred, you will arrange and move out William,to your country and get him a school to further his education.
I sincerely propose to offer you 30 % of the money in compensation. Another 10% will be mapped out to cover all your expenses, while the balance of 60% must be retained by you for my son. You can invest not more than 45% of my son's 60% in any profitable business of your choice with 35% of the profit retained for him.
I am trusting you as well,and believing God that you will not betray my confidence in you.
awaiting to hear from you soon.
Mrs Vivian Allison
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