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From: =?utf-8?q?Fatima=20Sombo?= <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 12:26:14 +0530 (IST)
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- From:Ms Fatima Sombo Dearest, Do accept my sincere apology if my email comes to you as a surprise. I wish to use this medium to express my condition to you but first I will like to introduce myself. Am Ms Fatima Sombo the first Daughter of Dr . Benjamin Dauda sombo,the former finance minister of Sierra Leone, I am 24 years of age. An undergraduate in geology and mining, University of Sierra Leone Kono ,(USK).Unfortunately, my father has been accused and arrested by the Sierra Leone government for acclaimed illegal possession of ammunition in his residence where all his traveling documents and other important documents have been seized by the present government. Because the government saw him as the only opposition to the autocratic and dictatorial day-to-day emasculation of our poor citizens in our country. Contrary to the case, which they claimed he committed, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, which he later died in the prison.During my father's tenure as a finance m!
inister in Sierra Leone , he secretly deposited Eight million dollars cash (US$8,000,000.00) and two metric trunk box contenting diamonds/Gold dust. In a security company in Accra Ghana . I was made the only beneficiary. I have in my possession all the pertinent documents to this deposit.Presently am taking refuge in Ghana to avoid being killed by my late father enemies. Who has also frozen and confiscated all my father hard earned properties. I hoped on this money for survival, and to further my education. I would be glad if you can assist me as my father's foreign technical partner and receive this treasury and also help me to invest the funds while I continue my education under your guidance. Waiting for your urgent response.Thanks Ms Fatima Sombo