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From: solomon kabiah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 18:51:24 +0100 (CET)
Subject: ASSISTANCE PLEASE
FROM: MR.KABIAH SOLOMON
Please expedite action and reply to this my private email address:(email@example.com )
Although we have not met, and I decided to contact you for
assistance. I was, until recently, a final year engineering student of the University of Sierra Leone,West Africa. Early in January2004 , the rebels in my country struck our township and killed myparents in one of their attacks. My late father, Honorable JAMES KABIAH, being the director of sierra leone daimond and gold minner cooperation was a prime target.
Fortunately for me, I was in school when the attack took place. I equally lost my only sister to therebels. When I got home for the remains of my parents and the subsequent burial that followed, I discovered adocument indicating that my late father had deposited some $27.Million United States Dollar with one of the security company here in abidjan cote d'ivorie.
This money, according to the document, was meant for the building of an ultra morden hospital in memory of my grand father by my late father,when I complete my studies. Upon the discovery of this document, I travelled to the cote d'ivorie to trace the security company and to make claims for the said money as the only surviving next of kin to my father. But deliberatley, I have kept all my uncles and Aunts out of the issue as none of them will be happy to know I am in possession of such money.
I have succeded in making the people at the security company believe that I am the next of Kin and all the documents related to this are now with me. And I do not know what to do with it, but I have decided to contact you to seek your assistance in helping me to take it out to your country and help me to come to your country to continue my education and you will help me to get the money invested until such a time that I will be ready to begin to use it.
I am really desperate as I am the only one know in my family.please,Let me know what you want as compensation for helping me to solve this my problem, because the security company said that they will not release the cash trunk box a lone for me unless i get involve of my father late business associate because accordinding to my late father they said that he deposited the cash trunk box un behalf of his foreign business associate but he did not mention any name of the person and i dont know the person, so please let me use you as my late father foreign associate in orther for them to release this cash trunk box for us.But most importantly,I seriously appeal that you maintain high level of secrety and confidentiality in the whole thing.
Please I know that, this letter may sound strange and incredible to you, Therefore for the sake of God and humanity give an immediate positive consideration and reply to me through this my private e-mail address:(firstname.lastname@example.org ) I will willingly agree to offer you any suitable percentage of the money you will propose as your compensation for your assistance with regards to the above.
I remain yours sincerely,
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