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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 05:15:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: DEAR IN THE LORD
Greetings in the name of the Lord,
My name is Mrs. Rosemary Brown, from Netherlands, naturally; this letter might come to you as a surprise, since we have not met each other before. It is by the grace of God that we are in contact with each other today.
I am married to (late) Williams Brown, who worked with Netherlands embassy in London for nine years before his death on March 2003.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death; we were both born again Christians.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Eighteen million, five hundred thousand us dollars ($18.5) with a BANK here in London.
Altogether, I have decided to give arms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself any more. Presently, this money is still in a bank here in London. And the bank
management just wrote me as the wife of the depositor to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a letter of authorisation to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I cannot walk down there due to my illness.
Again, I am with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer which had indicated to my doctor that I would not last for the next four months according to my last cancerous decease diagnosis report.
So it is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations, churches because our relatives have plundered so much of our wealth after my husband's death and my illness got deteriorated. I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of family
members. Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me and utilize the above mentioned funds and its interest and distribute it accordingly.
My husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want this hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner.
My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. So I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the lord. Exodus 14 vs. 14 says that; the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.
Please I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this development. Any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for a church or Christian individual for this
Please kindly contact me for arrangements regarding this transaction and assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein and you can not betray me once you receive this money into your account. I want you to always pray for me.
Please for more details contact me back.
Hoping to hear from you urgently.
Your sister in the lord.
Mrs. Rose Mary Brown.
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