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Greetings to you and your family. I want you to read this mail with a compassionate heart and understanding that any action you take is geared towards rendering humanitarian assistance to a man who is in distress with his family.
My name is Mr.Tom Ebewele, a Liberian( now resident in South Africa) and former aide to Charles Taylor former President of Liberia. I was his right hand man before he was asked to step down from power and he is presently in asylum in Nigeria. I was handling the diamond sales on behalf of President Taylor who in turn supplies ammunition to the rebels, the RUF (Royal United Force) group of Sierra Leone. This is what the international community and United Nations code-named: Conflict Diamond.
It was while I was discharging this duty that I diverted the sum of US$ 15,000,000.00 (fifteen Million United States Dollars) for myself. I deposited the money contained in trunk boxes in a Security Company as artifacts to avoid prying eyes in Johannesburg, South Africa and travelled back to my country where I continued with my duties.
I informed President Taylor then, that the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSL) seized the diamond consignment and made report to the United Nations. It was based on this diamond dealings involving President Taylor that the United Nations imposed sanctions on Liberia recently and that led to his subsequent removal from power.
Now that he is out of power, my aim is to look for a trusted foreign partner outside to help me move the fund out for investment. It is based on my decision to move the fund out for investment that I am contacting you to assist me in taking the funds to your country. All you need do is to fly down to claim the Boxes from the Security Company and open a bank account through which the money will be lodged before transfer into your nominated Bank account.
I am willing to compensate you with 30% of the total sum for your assistance and want to let you understand that the future of myself and family depends solely on this money .In this transaction confidentiality is very essential for us to achieve our goal. It is important that you maintain utmost good faith and trust .You must also not circumvent the transaction in any way.
In conclusion I will like you to understand that you shall bear no risk whatsoever in this business and as such there is nothing for you to be afraid of. I await your swift response this Email (omitted e-mail with Russian country code.)
Looks like no more grad school for me! I mean, hell, what could go wrong?