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From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 07:08:14 +0000
Subject: DEAREST BE LOVE
Mrs. Patricia White
17 Copse Hill, Wimbledon,
SW20 0NE, London,
I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment in Barnes Hospital, South Wople Way, SW14 8SU, London, England. I am married to Sir Gerald White who worked with British Judicial Commission in Chelsea England
for over a decade before he died on 5th of July in the year 2005. We
were married for fifteen years without a child. He died after a brief
illness that lasted for two weeks. Before his death he made a vow to
use his wealth for the down trodden and the less privileged in the
society. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child
outside my matrimonial home.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of £4 Million (Four Million Pounds sterling) with one Finance/Bank in Europe.
Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told
me that I would not last for the next 4 months due to a rare form of
cancer of the pancreas. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an
individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this
money the way I am going to instruct herein.
Please accept to
stand as the original beneficiary to my late husband to enable us claim
the money, the money will be transferred to your personal bank account
in your state city with the assistance of my private lawyer whom will
prepare all the required Legal Certificates. The money is meant for the
project for the less privileged and down trodden in our society,
please use this money for that purpose as it is my late husband's dying
wish and also God plan...
assure me that you will act according to my specification herein. You
are very lucky to have been chosen for this assignment, you will be
I will also be most glad if you can tell me a little about yourself.
Hoping to hear from you. Thank you and May the Almighty bless you.
You can contact me with your positive response.
Mrs. Patricia Gerald White
Mrs. Patricia white.