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From: "abrahamdaye17 abraham" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 02:02:45 -1200
Subject: please treat as urgent
Good day to you.
I am Abraham Daye, 25years and the only child of late Chief Mr. Christopher
Daye, a former special adviser on rural development in Liberia, West Africa.
My late father was in charge of solid minerals like Cocoa, Gold, and
Diamonds etc before he was murdered by the opposition rebels during the last
civil war in my country.
We managed to escape to a neighboring country through assistance of some
(ECOMOG) soldiers who made it possible for our evacuation to Ghana where I
am presently residing with my aged mother at the Bujumbura camp as refugees.
I am writing to seek your help/consent in a long lasting business
relationship of mutual benefit, My late father deposited a trunk box an
amount of $us9, 500.00 with a finance company but was declared during the
deposit as family treasure for security coverage, I need your assistance to
represent as my late father's foreign partner/trustee as required by the
company in the claiming and clearance of this inheritance.
The inheritance is planned to be used in any profitable investment with you
in any of the developed countries of your choice. As soon as this fund is
release to you I will meet you in your country for our project and also
further my education.
Upon the receipt of your interest, I will furnish you with more details.