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From: Veronica Diata <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 00:49:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Dearest beloved One, My name is Veronica Diata
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- Dearest beloved One, My name is Veronica Diata, 19years old girl, And the only survival of my late parents Mr.and Mrs Diata Johnson. My father was a highly reputable busnness magnet-(a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days. Realy It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on 12th.November 2007.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected by one of his brother who accompanied him on that Trip, But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 8 years old, and since then my father took me soo special. Before the death of my Father on November 12th 2007 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told her that he has the sum of Seven Milion Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars.(USD$7.5.000 000) left in a Metalic Trunk box,Which he deposited in one Prime Security Company here in Abidjan, but the Security Company didn't know the content as money, because it was registered as family valuables personal for security reasons. And he made the secretary to understand that it was because of this wealth that makes his Brothers to be against him, He also advice the secretary that i should seek for a foreign partner abroad, who will help me to retreived that trunk box, and shipped it direct to his or her country, and also to travel along with him or her because my life is in danger as soon as his Brothers find out about that money in the Security Compnay,My dear beloved, i am just 19 years old and a Secondary School Level and really don't know what to do. This is because i have suffered a lot of set backs, as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. Coupled that i have been chased out of my Fathers House, all because i dont want to tell his Brothers any thing about my Fathers Wealth which they have plan to take over from me all because i am still a small girl,My dearest one, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded, I want you to assist me retreived this trunk box out from the Security Companys Custody, and shipped it direct to your Country, And as soon as you received it, You will now make an arrangement for me to come over to your Country in other to continue my Education and also to invest that money into Bussines relationship with you,I will be waiting for your urgent reply immediately you read this message, and Please if you find this mail offensive, please ignor it and accept my appology, Thanks once again, and may God almighty bless you and your Family, kindly get back to me as soon as possible so that i will give you all the details, including the contact of the Security Company, so that you can contact them on how this trunk box will be retreived and also be deliver direct to you in your Country,Thanks till i hear from you, Yours BelovedVeronica Diata.