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From: "mabel kosa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 01:44:20 +0100 (CET)
I am writing to seek your partnership in the investment of my inheritance fund Six Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars.( $6,500.000) from my late father who died mysteriously last December.
It was very evident that he was poisoned to death. In my culture, when a man dies, if he does not have a male child, the brothers shares his property leaving both the wife and the daughters empty handed including the house they live in. This is the exact case with me as I am the only daughter of my father. I lost my mother when I was barely a year old and
my father refused to re-marry another wife because he felt solely responsible for my mother's death. This is so because he concentrated much on his businesses that he rarely pays attention to domestic affairs. He
was always travelling taking care of his businesses that he did not notice when my mother took ill. He thought it was a minor illness and was ignorant of this. My mother on her own resorted to self medication. It was not until the illness degenerated that my father took my mother to hospital where she was diagnosed to find out that hypatitis had eaten
deep into her blood stream. She didn't last long before she died. This happened when I was barely a year old. Based on this, my father could not forgive himself easily because of it and said he was responsible for her death as he could have saved her if only he had paid attention to the things at home rather than concentrating much on his businesses.
Despite all entreaties by friends and relatives, he refused to remarry but ensured that I had everything that I wanted. It was as a result of this that he made me the next of kin to his fund he deposited with one of the bank here and stated that in the event of any eventuality, I should have a direct access to the fund only when I am 24 years of age otherwise, I should have a guardian/partner intercede on my behalf for the release of the funds to me. Unfortunately, he died late last year and I am 22 years of age currently. This is why I have contacted you to serve as a guardian to me and as my foreign partner for the investment of the fund overseas. My uncles does not know about the fund because they had already taken
my father's houses and other properties because I am a girl and they said I do not have rights for any property. They have requested to have my father's bank papers but I simply told them that I do not know where he kept them. The younger brother took the house in the village while the houses in the town were sold out they shared the proceed they got from
the sale. Right now, I am with a friend of mine and do sincerely want to travel out of my country. This can only happen when I have secured the release and transfer of the funds in the bank. This is why it is
important that we have a plan on the type of lucrative business that we can invest the funds on.
I had at various times, had discussions with the director of international remittance unit of the bank where my father deposited the funds and I was assured that once, I have someone who would be willing to receive the funds on my behalf, they shall commence all proceedings to effect the release and transfer of the funds into the person's designated account. Now, that you have signified your interest to partnership with me, it would be very necessary for you to respond immediately for the release of the fund and transfer of my inheritance fund into your nominated account for the purpose of investment and to enable me continue with my studies in your country while you manage the investment.
I need your full name, your full address, your account information and your telephone number. all this is needed for the processing of the transfer into your account. I await for your reply.
Thanks and God bless you.
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