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From: gifty pascal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 12:14:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: please i need your help
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business with you that might eventually lead us to a lasting relationship.
I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business bearing in mind that one has to take some risks at times to survive trial times. I am sure that it may be a surprise to you for this kind of my problem that has came to me and, I am about to explain to you right now no one knows when he or her gets into problem if not, I couldnt have accept it, But how ever it has already came to me that is why, I am asking for youre help. I am Miss gifty pascalof Sierra Leone, the only daughter to the late Dr Nicholas pascam of Sierra Leone of the Western Part of Africa who was a very wealthy Gold and Diamond dealer. My father was assassinated by unknown gun men after his return trip from Europe with my Mother. All the police efforts to track down the assassins of my late Father and mother has not been successful, Hence I decided to flee to a neighbouring country where I have been since as a refugee seeking asylum in a refugee camp there in Abidjan, Cote
Meanwhile, before the death of my parents, my late father told me that He deposited a truck box containing U.S $ 7.5M Dollars with a security company in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire where I am residing now. I have gone to the office of the security company with the certificate of the deposit of this consignment and with the agreement that my late father entered with this company to verify that this consignment is still there but the agreement states that I would need the assistance of a foreign partner who will claim this truck box on my name since I am still under-aged.
This is why I am seeking your assistance to enable me front you as my appointed foreign partner who will assist me in claiming this box from this company. The security company does not know that this deposited box contains money because my late father registered and tagged it as family valuables and art works for security reasons.
Therefore, you are to keep the top secret of this transaction until this truck box is finally released and delivered to you. I am therefore seeking your kind assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide me with your detailed personal information which includes, your full names, Contact address and your Telephone and fax numbers so that I can submit it to the security company authorising them to recognise and lift this consignment to you as my guardian.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 19 years if delivered to your address pending on my arrival to your country for the continuation of my education and investment in your own area of choice since I am still a novice in the business world.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Now Dearest one permits me to ask you these few questions;
1) Can you honestly help me as your daughter?
2) Can I completely trust you?
3) What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?
Furthermore, I want you to indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within fourteen (14) days you signify interest to assist me. I assure you that this business is 100% risk free as I will forward all the necessary and legal documents backing up this transaction and making it legitimate to you as soon as I hear from you.
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Thanks and God bless.
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