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From: "ritamosley_222" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 11:01:20 -0800
Subject: DEARLY BELOVED
From: Madam Rita Mosley.
4 Old Church Street,
Here writes Madam Rita Mosley, suffering from cancerous
ailment. I am married to Sir David Mosley an Englishman who
is dead. My husband was into private practice all his life
before his death. Our life together as man and wife lasted
for three decades without child. My husband died after a
protracted illness. My husband and I made a vow to uplift
the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals as he
had passion for persons who can not help themselves due to
physical disability or financial predicament. I can adduce
this to the fact that he needed a Child from this
relationship, which never came.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 2.45
Million (2.45 Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling which
were derived from his vast estates and investment in capital
market with his bank here in UK.Presently, this money is
still with the Bank.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live
due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from. Though
what bothers me most is the stroke that I have in addition
to the cancer. With this hard reality that has befallen my
family, and me I have decided to donate this fund to you and
want you to use this gift which comes from my husbands
effort to fund the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans,
destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children,
barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely
I took this decision because I do not have any child that
will inherit this money and my husband relatives are
bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my
husband's hard earned money to be misused or invested into
ill perceived ventures. I do not want this money to be
misused hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I
am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I do
not need any telephone communication in this regard due to
my deteriorating health and because of the presence of my
husband's relatives around me. I do not want them to know
about this development.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact
of the bank in UK. I will also issue you a Letter of
Authority that will empower you as the original beneficiary
of this fund. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of
emulation. Please assure me that you will act just as I have
stated Hope to hear from you soon.
You can contact me through my personal email address:
Madam Rita Mosley
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