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From: adec wemba <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:37:21 +0100 (BST)
This proposal should not be surprising to you, as we have not had any personal contact.Though things of this nature comes the way of business men once in a while. However, I sincerely seek your confidence in this transaction, which I am proposing to you as a person of transparency and caliber.
Let me first start by introducing myself properly to you. My name is Mr adec Wemba, cousin and Personal Assistant of Jonas Malheiro Savimbi, the leader of UNITA (National Union For The Total Independence of Angola). I got your email address from network Directory. I apologize if I infringed on your privacy.
You may know that my cousin was recently killed in a battle with the government troops of Angola, led by President Dos Santos, on friday 22nd February 2000. Now Mr. Antonio Dembo who was my cousin's second in command, has assumed office as leader of UNITA. In spite of this, UNITA is like a herd of cattle without shepherd. Prominent members like Carlos Morgado are still lobbying to oust him and assume office as leader to enrich themselves and some of them who see me as a threat to their ambitions, including Mr. Dembo, are planning to kill me. For more information
Howeve , I am a young man who has ambitions and I am not in any way interested in wars. This is why I secretly left Angola for Mozambique and finally South Africa) to seek political asylum.I am sincerely seeking for your urgent help in respect of safe keeping of some of my cousin's money that arose from Diamonds sales.
This money ($61,000,000.00),Sixty-one million US dollars was already on its way to my cousin's Swiss Bank account. It was on transit with a safe deposit company in South Arica, when the tragic incident of my cousin's death occurred. As a matter of fact, this is the reason I chose to leave Mozambique for South Africa to seek political asylum. It is very clear with the way things are now, that President Dos Santos will lobby the International Community to freeze my Uncle's assets and accounts abroad, to ground UNITA, since he has already done this in Angola and Mozambique.
I plan to use this money to safeguard my future. It is very essential that you understand that, the kind of trust and confidence I want to put in you is extraordinary, and an act of desperation on my part, in order not to lose this money.Please, treat this contact with utmost secrecy and
confidentiality for security and safety reasons.
The help I need from you is clearing the box containing the money from the security company, after which, it will be deposited in an account in your name, with my name as next of kin. The money shall remain in your custody till my asylum application is granted, and I have the permit to conduct business, then you will transfer the account to me.
Meanwhile, the money can be invested into risk-free profitable ventures, and there will be an agreement to protect my interest. I have all the documents that will enable you claim the consignment from the security company.
For your reliable assistance, I will reward you with 20% of the money, 5% will be set aside for any expencis that may incured in the cause of the opertion. Another 5% shall be given to a charity of your choice.The rest shall be for me for investment purposes.
I thank you in advance in anticipation for your assistance in enabling me achieve this goal. Please contact me whether or not you are interested in assisting me. This will enable me scout for another partner in the event of non-interest on your part.
Please contact me through the e-mail above or my private telephone number.
Mr adec Wemba
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