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From: Tricia Akosua Geraid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 05:38:30 -0800 (PST)
Subject: HOW ARE YOU?
I have a proposal for you.
I am Tricia, 24 year old Law student of the University of Ghana, Legon.Ihail from Kwabeng,Atiwa district in the Eastern region of Ghana.
Dr Kwesi & Mrs. Lydia Gerald were my parents. My father headed one of Ghanas most successful private enterprises, Kwabeng Farms & Mines Ltd. He was the principal shareholder of the family enterprise, which produces more than 50 percent of Ghanas day-old-chicks, and a large proportion of its table eggs
and dressed chicken. My father had advanced poultry science in Ghana,receiving numerous awards of recognition for his contribution to the field.
An avid interest in the economic welfare of this country led my father to the political platform in 1992, when he stood as the presidential candidate for the National Independence Party (NIP) during Ghana's general elections.
His strong Christian beliefs, in large measure had been responsible for his thrift, shrewd business acumen and entrepreneurial drive. He had conducted leadership seminars in over 40 countries worldwide in his capacity as International Secretary of FGBMFI.
It is sad to say that my father died of AIDS on the 15th July, 2006 at the Korle-BU Teaching Hospital here in Accra. Two days after my father was pronounced HIV positive, my mother committed suicide as she could not stand the shame that her husband died from AIDS.
This development has affected me academically, physically and psychologically and I have decided to come over to your country where I would have peace to live and further my education.I have contacted you to
assist me to transfer out of Ghana the sum of $US10M + 75kg of gold dust which my father deposited with a Security Company here for my upkeep when it became obvious he was going to die.
However,my father's siblings who are members of Board of Directors of the Family Business that my father headed do not know about this money / gold and my father, on his sick bed warned me never to let them or any close relation know of it.It was my father's idea that I found a reliable contact abroad and move out this money so I could use it to start a new life as he figured that life with his brothers would be hell for me,because even when he was still lying critically ill at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
where he was admitted,his brothers had already started fighting each other over who heads the family business.
Should you accept to honour my proposal,I will give you 20% of the total funds.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Be blessed & safe
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