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From: "tony_william1 Gazeta.pl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 09:15:27 +0200
Subject: Contact my Secretary immediately for your cheque.
*how are you and your family? hope everyone is ok.though, it is indeed, a
very long time,i am much delighted and privileged to contact you again after
couple of months now.It takes fate, courage and God's fearing to remember
old friends and at the sametime, to show gratitude to someone who helped you
in times of need, despite that some certain circumstances beyound our
control made things not to worked out as we projected then due to fear of
failing into the wrong hands.
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred
under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay.*
*Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to
assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary in Lome-Togo her name is Mrs Hellen Ugwu through*
*mrsHellenugwu2003@yahoo.com** ask her to send you the cheque of
$800.000.00 which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and
attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that
time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mrs Hellen
Ugwu and instruct her on how to send the cheque to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, I'm very busy here
because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having
at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary
on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with
Mrs Hellen Ugwu, her will send your cheque to you without any delay.
*Make sure you use the money to establish a meaningfull business which
will benefit everyone in your family than putting it into any illegal
business that will be of no benefit to you and your husband.like drug,e.t.c*
*Regards Your Friend,*
*Barrister Tony William( From Paraguay.)*