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From: =?iso-8859-1?q?dave=20lawin?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2006 05:51:51 +0530 (IST)
Subject: URGENT ASSISTANT/INVESTMENT
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
Goodday,first of all greeting to you and your entire families, I pray that may the almighty lord guard you and your families, I will like to introduce my self also because i know that you will be surprise to get my details, even do we haven't met before that is why i want to use this great opportunity to introduce my self to you to let you know that.
I am Dave Lawin,The first Son of late Chief Mako
Lawin. My father was a very wealthy GOLD and
Diamond merchant in REPUBLIC OF CONGO. He was poisoned to death by his business associate on one of their
business outings. When my mother died on the 21ST
October 1994,My father took me and my Sister so
special because we were motherless. Before the
death of my father on the 29th November 2000 in a
private hospital in Abidjan, He sincerely called me on
his bed side and told me that he had a sum of
(THIRTY MILLION USA DOLLARS)kept
in a security company in GHANA.
He also said that the security company does not know
the content of the safe Box. He also used my name to
Deposit the money as his first Son for next of
kin. He also explained to me that it was because of this
wealth that he was poisoned by his business
associates, That I should seek for a foreign partner
in a country of my choice where I will transfer this
money and use it for investment purposes, I want you
to assist me in clearing this fund into your account
overseas as a beneficiary of the fund, and also use
it for an investment purpose, such as real estate
management. My interested areas of investment are; REAL
ESTATE,HOTELS, PETROLEUM INDUSTRY. I am
honourablyseeking for your assistance in the following
(1)To assist me to clear this fund from the security
company and transfer to your account successfully.
(2)To serve as the guardian of this fund since I am a
Boy of (26)yrs .
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your
country to further my Education and to secure a
residential permit in your country. Moreover, I am
willing to offer you 25% of the total sum as
compensation for your effort /input after the
successful transfer of this fund to your nominated account.
Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards
assisting me as I believe that this transaction would
be concluded within 14 days, from the day you signify
interest to assist us.
please kindly forward us your private contact in other for us to reach you quickly as our foreign beneficiary regarding this transaction.
Dave and Sister.
Pls kindly get back to us on this email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
- dave lawin