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From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 13:20:12 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: INVESTMENT ASSISTANCE NEEDED
INVESTMENT ASSISTANCE NEEDED
I hope this mail meets you in the best of times.
I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as a means of investment abroad. I do not know too well on how this is done in your country, so i will need you to help me in this regard. My preference is any viable business ideas of high profit yields in your country that you can recommend. I will also need you to help me to look for properties like homes and lands for sale as i am proposing to invest several millions of united states dollars in this venture. I am hoping you can and will be of help to me. For a brief information on my personality;
I am chief James Ibori. The immediate past governor of the oil rich Delta state of Nigeria. My need for this business proposition and to acquire these properties is very urgent because Iam presently under pressure from the government of the federal republic of Nigeria.Iam being accused of looting my state tresury.And there by asked to return the fund.So Iam in a hurry to leave my country for your country to escape being ruined by the inquisive goverment. You can check out the links below for a brief of my explaination.
I will tell you more about my personality in our subsequent correspondece.If possible,you should also help me in finding a condusive accomodation for my family and I to live in immediately we get to your country. Please, I am keen of your good and quick reply so that we can proceed swiftly.I will need your phone and fax numbers for easier communication from you if i'm unable to access my emails.
Cheif James Ibori
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