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From: felicia clatus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 13:34:38 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: WE are happy for your welcoming
I am a Sierra Leon by nationality, presently residing here in
theNeighbouring country Benin republic as a result of war that eruptedin
I got your contact from your country business guide.We therefore solicit
for your assistance to grant us the moral andtechnical advice that we may
require to Relocate/invest overseas.
It is true that I had not known you before, but I have no option than to
risk believing that God will not let us alone. It's my pleasure to Contact
you for a business venture which I and my Son, intend to establish in your
When war erupted in Freetown, there is certain Amount ofmoney totalling
USD nineteen million ($19,000,000.00) which my late husband was able to
move out of Sierraleon through a diplomatic channel, with theassistance
of a securities and finance company before he was assassinated by unknown
Now I and my son decided to invest these money in your country or any where
safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.
We want you to understand that you will assist us to secure these funds
forthe investment first, from the securities company.
We are interested in hospitality industry
If you want to assist us, feel free to contact me urgently through my son
justin ,who is presently seeking asylum in Europe Through this email
to enable him give to you further Information relative to
the presence/position of funds which will authorize the securities company
to release to you as our partner and beneficiary
Mrs Felicia clatus