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From: Amina Abdul <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 08:00:32 -0800 (PST)
Please kindly bear with me, permit me to inform you of my desire, i have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will i am in any manner compelling you to honour against your wish but this timed contact will bring us into a lasting relationship.
Being the only daughter of late Mr/Mrs. Chief Hakeem Abdul from abidjan cote d'ivoire, my father was a cocoa and gold merchant here in abidjan cote d'ivoire before his untimely death. He travelled along side with his business associates to paris france to negotiate on a cocoa and gold business, but very sad to say, he was poisoned by his business associates on that very business trip.
My mother died when i was just 7 years old and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on 23th January 2004 in a private hospital here in cote d'ivoire, he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he secretly kept the sum of (four million, united states dollars, USD$4.000,000.00) inside a metallic trunk box which he marked and deposited as family valuables items and belongings with a security company here in abidjan cote d'ivoire. He also explained to me that it was because of his wealth and success in business that was why he his being poisoned by his business associates. He warned me to keep away from them and adviced that i should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will ship this metallic trunk box to and use the money for investment purpose such as real estate or hotel management.
I am just 20 years old girl and also a high school leaving certificate holder, i really don't know what to do. I am soliciting for your kind assistance on the following ways:
(1). To assist me in the release and claiming of the metallic trunk box from the security company and serve as a guardian of this fund since i am only 20 years old girl and also an orphan till i finished my education.
(2). To make arrangement for me to come over to your country and i am also willing to compensate you for your assistances and effort, after the successful claiming and release of this metallic trunk box containing this fund.
Please kindly consider my proposal for you and get back to me as soon as possible, and i will not hesitate to give you every necessary details concerning this matter and my requested assistance once i receive your soonest favourable response.
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