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From: Natacha Effoure <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 01:50:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: IT SHALL BE WELL ONCE AGAIN, I BELIEVE THAT.
FROM Miss.Natacha Effoure
12 BP 1046 ABIDJAN COTE D IVORIE
WEST AFRICA APPEAL FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE
permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you , l got your name and contacts and your profile moves me to contacts you I prayed over it and to its esteeming nature and the recommendation from GOD whom directed to you being a reputable and trustworthy person l can do business with and by the recommendation l must not hesitate to confid in you for this simple and sincere business.
l am Miss.Natacha Effoure, the only daughter of late Mr and Mrs Didier Effoure.My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan here, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, My mother died on the 20th october 1988 and my father took me so special because l am motherless.
Then in 1992, my late father according to him was pressed & forced to re-marry another wife through the advises of his friends & business associates. soon after he was poissoned to death by my step mother on one of their outings on visiting to my step mother's village. Before the death of my father on 29th november 2003 in a private hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me on his bedside,when I sat down to listen to him, he started crying, why? (1) he conplained that I am too young to be managing my life, (2)that I have not finished my university education as he planned for me,(3)no body to take care of me again as a young girl, but after much crying, he still passed an instruction to me that he has a sum of US$8.000.000.(EIGHT MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) left in a security company here in Abidjan, that he used my name as the only daughter for his next of kin in deposit of the funds. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was
posisoned by my step mother, that l should seek for a GOD fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where l will transfer this money and use it for proper investment purpose ,that I must finish my university education by the help of a business partner abroad,that he or she should help me obtain a resident permit in his or her country.
He also gave an out standing instrution to the company that the money must be invest outside this country . and it was deposited as an atifact to avoid problem or tamparing by the officers of the company before use, this is to make sure that I did not begin to make use of the money here so that his enemies most expecialy my step mother whom vow to kill me on sigthing her eyes on me, although i was once warned by my late daddy to be aware of my step mother so the she will not get at me.
My Dear, I am now ready to do all these since my father my bread winner is no more. Dear l am honourable seeking your assistance in the following ways. (1) to serve as my gaurdian in your country while I will depend on your expert advise since l am a girl of 22 years.
( 2 ) to make arrangement for me to come over to your country in order to further my university education and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.
Moreover, l am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort /input after the successfull transfer of this funds to your account overseas. Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as l believed that this project would be concluded within fourteen ( 14 ) days you signify interest to assist me.
Hoping to hearing from you soonest. May God bless you as you extend your helping hands to a needy fellow offan.
Miss. Natacha Effoure.
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