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From: "Rev.Father clive john" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 09:04:22 +0100 (BST)
Subject: WILL of Late Dr.Paul Wilson Brand
St Mary's Parish
264 Fulham Road
SW10 9EL United
BELOVED IN CHRIST
Sequel to the email sent to you by Mr. Paul Bennette
Solicitor, which was returned as undelivered mail, I
hereby contact you again on behalf of the trustees and
executor of WILL of Late Dr.Paul Wilson Brand. I write
to notify you that he made you a beneficiary to the
bequest sum of Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand U.S
Dollars (US$850,000.00) in the codicil to his WILL and
Late Dr.Paul Brand a renowned hand surgeon and leprosy
specialist died from complications related to a
subdural haematoma on the on 8th July 2003 at the age
of 89years.The late Dr Paul Brand until his death was
a great Philanthropist and humanitarian that he was
honoured by Queen Elizabeth II with a CBE (Commander
of the British Empire) for outstanding contributions,
a member of several non-governmental organizations and
held many honors hunterian Professor of the Royal
College of Surgeons in 1952,Albert Lasker Award for
outstanding leadership and service in the field of
rehabilitation in 1960,serving as Medical Consultant
and then International President of the Leprosy
Mission, from 1992-1999 e.t.c.
Late Dr.Paul Brands Christian faith inspired and
maintained his service. Always a Christian gentleman,
his humble yet passionate approach to both care and
teaching inspired many. He was a dedicated Christian.
This bequest is for support of your activities in
helping the less privileged and continue your good
works amongst Christians. You are required to contact
the executor of the WILL of Late Dr. Paul Brand, Mr.
Paul Bennette (Esq.), so that he will inform you on
the necessary procedure for your claim of this bequest
You are advice to send your photocopy of your
identification such as your id or drivers licence and
your current address and your telephone/fax numbers
for easy communication. Contact the Attorney who is
the executor of this WILL through his email address
Paul Bennette, Solicitor
19a Alexandra Road Hemel
Hempstead HP2 5BS
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