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From: MRS SUSAN SMITH <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 15:58:19 +0000
Subject: FROM MRS SUSAN GOOD DAY
DEAR, How you are today and how is your family, hope every body is fine? If so thanks to God Almighty. Tough i have not met with you before but i believe,one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometime in life. want you to read it and please give adequate attention to it immediately and hacking to the voice of a dieing widow. may I introduce my humble self to you; I am Mrs. Susan Bijur Smith from London United Kingdom the wife of late Mr. Clement Bijur Smith who happened to be the chairman of Texaco Oil Company in UK from 2001 till 2007 when he died of an auto accident. All happened on the 13th day of June 2007 when my late husband was travelling for a board meeting scheduled with his board of directors in Wales here in UK when he had a fatal accident on his way to the meeting. Four days before he died on the 17th day of August 2007 after spending closely two months in the Hospital, he called me on his seek bed and narrated to me that he deposited the total sum of 15million pounds in an Escrow account in a Bank. He also told me where he kept the files, which contains all the vital information he used in depositing the money in the Escrow account of the Bank . After my late husband's funeral rights, I felt sick a month later and was rushed to the hospital, the doctor told me that I have the Cancer of the lungs and made it known to me that the Cancer has eating up my lungs and from there I started receiving treatments immediately. I was at the hospitl all those while and when I was discharged from the hospital, I came back home 2 weeks ago only to find out that my late husband's elder brother has taking position of everything my husband left as a legacy to me and my only son. Before my husband died, he advised me on how I should transfer this money to any account of my choice when ever I am ready for that, he told me to contact an old friend of him who happened to be a retired World Bank Officer to help me in executing this project but the matter turned worse when I heard that the man who is supposed to help me died in August this very year 2008 when I was still at the hospital. Please my dear, all I need from you now is to kindly help me in securing this money from the Bank in my orders as I cannot do It my self because of my health situation and to make sure that my late husband's elder brother who has turn out to be a thorn in my flesh will not know anything about it because that money is the only legacy left to my reach since the death of my late husband. It is vital that we have to hire an attorney who will help us in sending an application letter to the Bank for the release of the money to you as the next of kin to my family in my orders as I will draft an authorization letter on that since I am Undergoing a critical situation for my days has been numbered because from my last medical checkups some days back, my doctor made it known to me that I have less than one months to live on the planet earth and that has been my main reasons of contacting you at the first place. Please you have to come to the aid of a dieing Widow by helping me in securing the money out of the Bank to your Private Bank account in your country after which you will help me in investing some part of the money with the name Of my only son (JOHN) in your country to enable him purchase a good living in your country. Please you have to help me in this for I will be very happy even in my grave if this should be the only thing I couldachieve for my only son (JOHN) before I die. I will be waiting for your swift kind response today. Thanks and may God bless you and your family Amen. Mrs. Susan Smith