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From: "pedo fred" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 02:20:04 +0000
Subject: HELLO DEAR? PLS REPLY,
HELLO DEAR? PLS REPLY,
Greetings in the name of the LORD most high.
I am Alfred Tapedo, 24 years of age, the only son of late MR. DONALD TAPEDO
from Cote D'Ivoire in Africa. Who until his death was a Gold and Cocoa
Merchant and also a know politician in my country. He was poisoned to death
Five (5) months ago by his associates.
The source through which I got your contact gave me the confidence to
contact you for your kind assistance to help us transfer and secure the US$
15.000,000.00 (Fifteen Million US Dollars ) deposited by my late father in a
bank here for investment in your country. He called me before his death on
his sick bed and told me about this money that he used my name his only son
as the next of Kin to deposit the money because Our Mother died many years
ago hours after the birth of my younger Sister (Prisca) now 18 years old.
He also told me that it was because of his wealth that he was poisoned, And
that we should look for a reliable person in any country of our choice to
transfer the money for investment purpose for our future life.
Please I humbly seek for your assistance in the following ways.
1-To assist us in providing an account of yours where this fund can quietly
2-To serve as the guardian of this money since i am still in the school with
my younger sister.
3-To make arrangement for us to come over to your country to futher our
education and to help us secure a residential permit in your country.
We are willing to offer you 20% of the total money as your commission for
your humble assistnace. Also want you to know that I have all the documents
in relation to this money deposited by our late father in the bank.
We wait for your soonest reply immediately you receive this letter to enable
me give you more important details concerning the money and process the
Alfred Tapedo And Sister (Prisca).