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From: m a <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 21:47:05 +0100
Subject: FROM Martin Anthony
FROM Martin Anthony FROM/ABIDJAN/COTE D;IVOIRE
Martin Anthony the son of late chief George Anthony from Sierra Leone, I am searching for a trust someone who can assist me in the transaction of our fund to overseas country for investment. My sources of your contact gave me the courage and confidence to rely on you, I am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance in the transastion of the fund of (ten million eight hundred thousand united state dollars (US$10,800,000.00) which is now in the custody of a Bank here in Abidjan Cote d'ivoire.
SOURCE OF THE MONEY.
My late father, chief George Anthony a native of mende district in the Northern province of Sierra Leone, He was the general Manager of Sierra Leone mining co-operation (S.L.M.C.) Freetown. According to my father, this money was the income accrued from mining co-operation's over draft and minor sales before the peak of the civil war between the rebels forces of major Paul Koroma and the combined forces of ECOMOG peace keeping operation that almost destroyed my country, following the forceful removal from power of the Civilian Elected President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah by the rebels, my late father had already made an arrangement for our family, my mother, my little sister and myself to be evacuated to Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire with our personal effects. My father deposited the fund for the safe custody until after the war when he will join us.
During the war in my country and following the indiscriminate looting of public and Government properties by the rebel forces, the sierra Leone mining co-operation's was one of the targets looted and destroyed my father including other top Government functionaries were attacked and killed by the rebels in November 2001 because of his relationship with the civilian Government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, as a result of my father's death and with the news of my uncles involvement in air crash in January, dashedour hope of survival. The untimely deaths caused my mothers heart failure and other related complications of which she later died in the hospital after we must have spent a lot of money on her, my 16-year-os younger sister and myself are alone in this strange country suffering without any care or help, without any relation, we are now like refugees and orphans.
Our only hope now is in this fund our late father deposited in the Bank to this effect, I humbly
solicit your assistance in the followings ways to assist me claim this fund from the Bank as my late father's co-beneficiary to us transfer this fund in your name to your bank account in your country in order to make a good arrangement for a jointbusiness investment on our behalf in your country, we seek that you should be the caretaker of this transaction and inestment so that you can secure a college formy little sister and my self in your country to further our education and to make arrangement for our coming to with you in your country after the transaction.
the most important thing in this transaction is the documents which was issued on the day of this deposit. For your assistance, I beg you to consider 15 % of this money as your offer and efforts. Best regards Martin Anthony
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