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From: =?utf-8?q?Fanta=20Branco?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 06:13:06 -0800 (PST)
Subject: URGENT PARTNERSHIP INVESTMENT/FROM Mrs Fanta Branco
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:email@example.com
- Dear Beloved,Greeting.I am Hon:Mrs Fanta Branco,Sao Tome & Principe. I am the Former minister of education and National Development Unit,under the Government of President Fradique de Menezes.Acting in my capacity,I awarded a number of large Government Building/Construction contract to a German Construction firm(PHILIP HOLZMAN AG INFRANKFURT),Worth Hundreds of Millions of dollars.In the execution of this Project,the German firm discover20a clossal amount of Preciou s stones in one of the Sites.I collaborated with this firm in a mutual agreement as regard the proceeds of which I have recieved my own share of exactly $18.000.000 usdollars.I cannot introduce or circulate this amount into Mauritian Banking system,considering my proffesional duty as a minister,also earning more than $1000 equivalent of Mauritian Rupee(our currency) and the strict atipulations of the bureau of conduct guideline and regulations for the Public/Civil servants.Furthermore,the groups of person in the government have ganged up against me,with false allegation of an intention by me to contest the next new President elections.This has caused disent and discontent in my party circle since death of my husband and they're planning to kill me so that they will inherit all my husband properties with mine,this makes me fell sick and develop a breast cancer .Presently now,am in Benin Republic with my only son,(12 years old boy)in the hospital where I am recieveing a treatm ent,and ideposited this money in ONE INTERNATIONAL BANK in Benin Republic here,that's why i come down here to recieve my treatment and to transfer this money out ofAfrica ,now prompting my decision is to take flight with my only son outof Africa to oversea for a better treatment and to invest on a good genuine business and start a new life .Hence my soliciting your co-operation is to transfer the funds intoyour account for investment purposes,25% of the entire funds will be apportioned to you for your effort and assista nce,I implore you to accord this transaction highly confidentialy and secrecy because of my enemy out there,it deserves no matter what your decision may be.I urgently await your response.Thank and Remain bless,Regards,Hon:Mrs Fanta Branco