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From: =?gb2312?q?Kennedy=20Addo?= <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 07:16:48 +0800 (CST)
Subject: VERY URGENT RESPONCE IS REQUIRED !!
From: Kennedy Addo
Compliment of the day, I'm Mr. Kennedy Addo from
sierra-Leone. I picked interest on you after glancing through your short
profile; I deemed it necessary to disclose this important issue. I lost my
father during the rebel attacked in 2002.Before his death; he had an
account with a bank here in Ghana, where he made a deposit of US$38.5
This money was for the purchase of cocoa procession machines
and development of another factory, unfortunately he did
not meet his target before his untimely death.
Why I contacted you, due to the agreement he had with the
bank during deposit, I've been denied total access to the money, the
bank Manager told me precisely that the money was deposited in a
suspense fixed account with a clause attached to it for onward transfer
into a foreign account.
That the bank will follow the agreement written and signed
by both (the bank and my father) I was advised to look for a foreign
account where the money can be transferred before I can have access to
Since security here cannot be guaranteed besides, I've lost
my father, I hereby ask you to do me a favour by standing as my late
father foreign business partner and the beneficiary of the money
to enable the bank effect the transfer into your account. I have plans to
invest this money in continuation with the investment vision of my late
father, but not in this place again rather in your country. I have the
vision of going into real estate and industrial production.
Please if you are willing to assist me and my only sister Cynthia, indicate
your interest in replying soonest.
My privet email: (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation,
Mr. Kennedy & Cynthia
- Kennedy Addo