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From: Helen Adawa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 17:15:44 +0100 (CET)
Subject: From:Miss Helen Adawa.
From:Miss Helen Adawa.
Abidjan -Cote d'Ivoire.
I am Miss Helen Adawa, 19 year old the first and only daughter of late Mr & Mrs. Adawa. My late father was one of the Gold merchant in my country before the current opposition party to the present Government of Nairobi Kenya killed him. Father/mother was murdered by the unknown people during the time they attack our house by shooting and looting, even this is one of the things that contributed to the present political crisis in our country today. It pains my heart to tell this story but I must to save myself from suffering and sorrow. I came to this place with the help of my late father's friend after the death of parents, but I had last week that the man with his family was killed last week too.
Before the death of my father, he gave me the covering documents of the money deposited in the bank in my name as the next of kin, as I am his first daughter and he so much loved me with trust that was why he handed this documents to me for safe keeping. Currently the amount in the bank here which I am having the documents is $6mUSD. Right now I will like you to assist me receive the money from the bank as my late father's business partner. I have already talk with one of the bank director that I want to claim the money which my late father deposited under their custody, but he told me that I'm too young to handle the money alone. That is the reason I'm contacting you to assist me move out this money into your bank so that you will assist me leave this country and invest the money into any good business investment in your country, also come to your country and restart my education immediately the money gets to your account. Since there is war in my country and i will not
like to go back there again. I am no longer safe as far as that country is concern at the moment, I want to move the money before leaving Africa because this money is my last hope and the only future I have now.
I don't know how we will go about these, but I hope hearing from you before I can know which decision to make next. I will like you to stand as my late father's business partner and my guidain, as I will officially introduce you as my late father's business partner to the bank so that they will release the money to you before I come to join you. Like I said, all I need from you is your kindness in all we do, I will be willing to trust all this into your care provided you promise to take good care of the money as soon as the bank move it to your bank account, because I don't have anyone to run to.
Before I even pick you to assist me, I have prayed and slept over it asking the Almighty God to provide for me a Godly minded person that will assist me in this project. I will give you details of the bank if you are interested to help me receive the money in your account.
Meanwhile, I want to leave Cote d Ivoire entirely for investment of this money in your country and mostly for my future. I want you to please assist us to claim the box from the bank. I have it in mind to reward you with 20% of the total amout after you assisted me claim the from the bank to your account.
Miss. Helen Adawa
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