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From: kelvin Smith <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 00:24:50 +1300 (NZDT)
Subject: From Kelvin & Sister (We Need Help)
>From Kelvin Smith
Tel: + 225 07 922-773.
For my safety and security of my future I am making this proposal to you for our mutual benefit. This however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour it against your will. I am KELVIN SMITH, The Elder Son of my late parents Mr.and Mrs. Douglas Smith, My father was a highly reputable business magnet-(a cocoa merchant)who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously during one of his business trips abroad on the 12th. December 2004. Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 7 years old, and since then my father took me & my younger sister so special.
Before his death, he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of Ten million, Five hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$10.500,000) left in one metal trunk box deposited in a Finace & security company in Europe right away which he declared to the company simply as containing family valuable treasure for security reason.
He further told me that he deposited the consignmnent with my name as the next of kin, and handed over documents of the deposit to me. NOTE THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTELY LEGITIMATE AND 100% RISK FREE BECAUSE THE FUND IS ALL LEGITIMATE MONEY AND IT WAS MY LATE FATHER ALL LIFE SAVING'S BEFORE HIS SUDDEN DEATH. MY LATE FATHER AQUIRED THESE MONEY THROUGH A LEGITIMATE MEANS BEFORE HE DIED. THEREFORE, I AM ASSURING YOU BASED ON THE ABOVE DETAILS AND CLEARANCE THAT THE TRANSACTION IS LEGAL AND 100% RISK FREE BECAUSE EVERYTHING WILL BE DONE LEGALLY.
Now I want a trust worthy person who can help me clear the consignment from the security company and provide an account overseas where I can transfer this funds. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-
1. Can you honestly take me as member of your family and help me?.
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. Can you manage the money very well on my behalf until I finish my education?
Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible so that i can forward the documents to you after we have agreed on the conditions for your assistance. My life is not safe here and I need to be out of this country as soon as possible because now that my father is dead, I , and my younger sister only child, my uncles will be seeking to kill us so that they can have all my fathers properties. I really don't want to struggle anything with them in terms of properties but my presence will still be disturbing them.
Thank God they are not aware of this fund in europe hence, I want to leave here as soon as you help me to have the consignment cleared from the security company in europe and lodge it into a a safe account in your stable country and then send me some amount to enable me prepare to meet you. Without your help, I will find it difficult to travel and of clearying the consignment myself with my little experience.
I am waiting for your urgent reply with your contact phone number so that i can give you the contact of the security company for you to contact them on my behalf and in due course I will give you the secret code for opening the consignment when you are ready to go on my behalf. Call me with this number + 225 07 922-773.
Thank you so much.
My sincere regards
Kelvin & Sister
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