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From: "dvis ge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 13:55:08 +0100
Subject: PLS DO THIS IN NAME OF GOD
FROM: MR. Davis,George, Private E-mail: email@example.com
Dear Friend In The Lord,
This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not
yet met. I have to say that I have no intentions of putting you into any
form of stress or worries. As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry
for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.
My name is MR. Davis,George , 65 years old and a business tycoon from
Australia. I have been diagnosed with prostate and esophageal Cancer that
was discovered very late due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has
defiled all form of medicine and right now, I have only about just few
months to live according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived
my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself or my
family but my business.
Though I am very rich, I was never caring, I was always hostile to people
and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I ever cared for.
But now I regret all this, as I now know that there is more to life than
just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe if God
gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a
different way from how I have lived it. Since the announcement of the
diagnosed with prostate and esophageal Cancer and the time I have to stay on
earth, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this
to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.
So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations here in
Australia and also in South Africa, and some Asian Countries. Now that my
health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any more. I once
asked members of my family to close one of my accounts in Bulgaria and
donate the money to charity organization in Bulgaria, they connived and
instead kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as
they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them and others,
they stole from me.
The last of my money US$10.5M, which is the huge cash deposited with a
Security Firm Abroad in Holland. I will want you to help me collect this
deposit and distribute it to charity organizations around the globe. I am
writing this from my laptop computer in my hospital bed where I wait for my
time to come. I pray that God uses you to support and assist me with good
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security
Volt in Holland for you to communicating with them as the beneficiary. I
will also issue you a Letter of Authority that will empower you as the
original beneficiary of this fund. My happiness would be if my last wish is
obeyed. Please always be prayerful all through and try as much as possible
to learn from my lessons in your life.
Also, Please assure me that you will act just as I have stated herein. Hope
to hear from you soon and God bless you and members of your family. You can
contact me through my private e-mail address: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
God be with you.
MR. Davis,George .
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