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From: Mary Clement <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 02:24:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: PLEASE HELP ME.
My name is Miss Mary Clement, a 20 years old undergraduate. I am only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Clement, My father was a very wealthy Gold and Diamond Merchant in Monrovia the Gold Capital city of republic of Liberia in West Africa based in Abidjan Ivory Coast, my father was poisoned
to death by his business associates while my mother died when I am little and my father took me so special because I am the only child.
Before the death of my father on 4th June 2007 in a hospital here in Ivory Coast, he secretly called me and told me that he deposited some Gold and a huge sum of $7 million Dollars ($7, OOO, OOO USD) and the Diamond inside a box which he deposited with a Security and Trust Company her in
Ivory Coast as family treasure. He also made me understand that it was because of this wealth he was poisoned while on a business trip with them and he instructed me to look for a foreign partner who will help me retrieve this box out from the trust Security Company. Without the knowledge of my
uncle who was living with us then. On the 30th of December 2007 my uncle flew to the London with his children. With all that my father left behind, just because I am a woman and I do not have any right in my father property. My uncle seized all my father's companies and properties because of our
traditional believe that I$B!G(Bm a woman. I was left with nothing and dropped out of school because of financial difficulties and my uncle's wicked attitude. Although I have contacted the security company they confirmed the lodgement.
My purpose of contacting you is for you to help me, as my late father advised me at his sick bed.
1) To retrieve this box with the Gold, money and Diamonds inside to your location.
2) To make arrangement for me to come to your country to continue my education.
3) To utilize this money by investing it in good business.
I am now under hidings to safe my life from any accidental harm that might befall me from them. Please tell me if you will be of assistance to me after your good considerations I am willing to reward you with 15% of the money for your good assistance. As for the Gold and Diamond I hope you can
have them for your self. I will be glad if you will get back to me soon to tell me of your interest so that I will give you the contact information of the security company for you to contact them on my behalf as I will be introducing you.
I am pleading to you with the name of Almighty God to help me out of this problem. With tiers on my eyes here as I am written you this mail.
I am kindly waiting for your soonest response.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU,
All my love,
Miss Mary Clement.
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