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From: "FROM DONATUS WEST" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 19:00:09 +0000
Subject: Asalamouilekun, From Donatus West & Sister Faith. PLEASE HELP
Please kindly go through this letter before you pass judgment because we are in need of assistance.
I am Donatus West and Sister Faith West the son & Daughter of late Chief Dr Mustamin West from Sierra Leone.
I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is my bond, in this proposal My late father happens to be in control of a large number of farms including cattle's and many sheep before he was poisioned by his foreign business partners in our home country Sieria Leone with my mother in one of their Farmers assication meeting because of greed.
But before his death my late father deposited some amount of money outside our country in bank at the tone of $25Million United State dollars So i and my little sister are no longer safe here as the present government of Sierra Leone are working with almost all the killers of my late father as one of them has been just be made a minister, name undisclosed because of security reasons. Presently i and my sister is living under the care of under united nation refugee camp here in dakar senegal.
Furthermore we have contacted the bank where the money is depsoited and the bankers let us understand that they signed an agreement with our late father that the total money must be transferred into his foreign business partner account undisclosed to the and that is the major reason why i am contacting you now for assistance.
All I needed from you now is your full names and address including your direct and personal telephone
number for easy communication as you know that this transaction is a very confidential one. Please Kindly get back to me immediately after you must have gone through my message fill free and makeit urgent. That is the reason why we offered you 30 % of the total money amount, and in case of any other necessary expenses you might incur during this transaction.I am pleading with you to consider our situation and come to our aid.
We shall ever remain greatful to you and you shall really be blessed in your Life.There are millions of people out there put our heart choosed you and we believe that it is devine and you are not going to let us down.
N.B Try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip investment opportunities which is risky free which I can invest with this money when it transferrred from the bank here, personally I am interested in estate management and hotelbusiness,
please advise me.For more explanation write me through my alternative e-mail address Email : email@example.com
And promise me and my younger sister to be a father considering oursituation and not to betray us.
Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Yours True Son & Daughter.
Donatus West & Sister Faith.