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From: Michael Nkrumah <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2007 21:27:12 +0000
Subject: Urgent Assistance Needed!!!
foremost, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction and I
pray that my decision to contact you will be given genuine approval considering
the fact we have not known each other before. I wish to use this opportunity to
introduce myself to you.
I am Michael
Nkrumah, from Sudan Darfur North North Africa but presently I and my mother are
now in the refugee camp. We are mailing to inform you our desire to invest and
buy a living house in your country
I am the
first son of Chief Manza Nkrumah, who was a diamond/Gold merchant in our
country. My late father had a bullet shot by the rebels on his way traveling out
of my country with two (2) of my younger sisters due to the present crisis that
is occurring in my country (Sudan Dafur). My sisters died on the spot while the
U.N Peace keeping Force Rescued my father he was taken to hospital for medical
treatment which he later died. Before he died he revealed to me and my mother
about a trunk box containing $12 Million US Dollars which he deposited with a
security company in Ghana West Africa for safe keeping.
did no disclose the content of the box to the security company to avoid the
officials from raisin eye brows to the funds.
and my mum are in Ghana to notify the security company for the claims and we are
staying in the refugee camp, therefore I want you to lecture me on how best we
can invest this money since my late dad told me that it is dangerous to invest
this money in Africa to avoid suspicious and due to market instability coupled
with economic and political instability facing African countries that is why we
want to invest this money Abroad for your mutual assistance, I and my mother
have agreed to offer you 20% of the total amount of the money.
We have all
the vital documents covering the deposit and which we can send to you through
fax on request.
have never disclosed this to any person apart from you, so you have to keep this
transaction as a top secrete to yourself alone.
Which I will want you to
forward across to us you direct phone number for more
information about this
forward to hear from you.
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