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From: From Catherine Koffi <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 01:36:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From: Mrs. Catherine Koffi
God Bless you
I am Mrs.catherine Koffi from solomon island I am married to late Mr Abraham Koffi who worked with Embassy in Ivory Coast for Twenty-Six years before he died in the year 2001,after a brief illness that lasted for only five days.
We were married for Eighteen years with a daughter (Lilian)who later died in a motor accident.Before the untimely death of my husband,we were both born again Christians. Since after his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my
was alive he deposited the sum of (US$2.5M )(two Million,five hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in a General Trust Account with a prime bank in
Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.
Presently,this money is still with the bank. Recently,Following my ill health, my Doctor told me that I may not last for the next eight months due to my cancer problem.The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or organization that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
herein,according to the desire of my late husband before his death.
I want this fund to be used in Activities like,Orphanages, Christain schools, and church for propagating the word of God . I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are unbelievers.
and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. 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.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband's relatives around me always.I don't want them
to know about this development.With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank in Abidjan. I will also
issue you the documents that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund.
I want you and the Church to always pray for me because the lord is my shephard. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.
Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
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