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From: lepoto mary <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 01:35:32 -0800 (PST)
Subject: GOOD DAY
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM:MRS.MARY. M. LEPOTO
CONTACT EMAIL :email@example.com
URGENT AND STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
How are you? I know you may be surprised to receive this letter, i am a widow requesting for an assistance . Firstly, I am MRS.MARY.M.LEPOTO the wife of Late MR.DAMBA T.LEPOTO who was recently murdered in the land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact through the South African Trade and Business Information services and I assure you that nobody knows about this transaction except me, my two sons.Before the death of my Husband. He took me to Accra,Ghana to deposit the sum of US$15.6 Million (Fifteen Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in a private Security Company, when He foresees the looming danger in Zimbabwe.
This money was deposited as family valuables to avoid much demurrage cost from the Security Company. This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and also for the establishment of a new farm in Swaziland. The land disputes started when Zimbabwean President MR. ROBERT MUGABE introduced a new Land Act reform which wholly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers. This resulted to many killings by Zimbabwe war veterans and some lunatics in the society. In fact, a lot of people were killed because of this land reformed Act for
which my husband was one of the victims. It is on this background that My family and I,who are currently staying in an Island called Badagry Island it shares the same border with cotonu .as refugees decided to transfer my Husband's money to a foreign country since the laws of Island prohibits refugees from opening a bank account that can contain a huge sum or to be involved in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zones of the Badagry Island . Please, I need your assistance to transfer this fund to your trusted overseas bank account. For your efforts and assistance, I
have agreed to give you 25% of the total sum, while 5% is mapped out to re-imburse all the expenses incurred in the course of this transaction and 70% will be for my family investment in your country.Note that this transaction is 100% clear and Risk-Free,as I have made every necessary arrangements for a successful deal.The only thing I solicit you is total assistance to transfer this money, complete trust and assurance that my
own part of money will be safe when transferred to your account.
Kindly,keep this business proposal highly confidential for security reasons.if you are interested in assisting me,send reply via the above email address and include your private phone and fax numbers. I will respond to you immediately.
Looking forward to your urgent reply, God Bless.
MRS.MARY.M.LEPOTO (For The Family)
- lepoto mary