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From: Mrs Leah Cooper <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 12:25:46 -0600
Subject: FROM MRS. LEAH COOPER. AM DYING.
I CRAVE YOUR INDULENCE TO READ THIS.Dear Beloved,Greetings to you in the most wonderful name of our Lord and SaviorJesus Christ. His richest blessings shall be upon you forever.I am Mrs Leah Cooper,I am 51 years old from Netherlands,i am deafand suffering from a long time cancer of the lungs which also affectedmy brain,from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating andit is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised methat i may not live for the next two months,this is because the cancerstage has gotten to avery bad stage. I was brought up from a motherlessbabies home, was married to my late husband for twenty years without achild.My husband died in a fatal motor accident.Before his death wewere true Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry,I soldall my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $18.5milliondollars with a Security Company.Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wroteme as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keepingit so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody toreceive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illnessor they get it confisticated.Presently, I'm with my laptop in ahospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of thelungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told methat I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see thatthis money is invested to any organisation of your choice anddistributed each year among the charity organization,the poor and themotherless babies home where i come from.I want you God fearing, toalso use this money to fund churches,orphanages and widows.I took this decision, before i rest in peace because my time will soonbe up. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact ofthe Security Company.I will also issue you a letter of authority thatwill prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me thatyou will act accordingly as I stated herein. I shall wait at yourprayerful reply.Thanking you in His precious name.Yours in His ServiceMrs. Leah Cooper.
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