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Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 08:12:24 -0800

My Name is Charles Pedersen, and I am writing you from my home in 
Santa Clara, about 165 miles east of Havana,the Capital City of Cuba. 
Santa Clara is known for two landmarks; The famous Revolutionary, the 
Guevera is buried here; and it is home to one of Cuba's largest 
universities, La Universidad Central "Martha Abreu" de Las Villas. 
This is a compelling story, and I beg you to be patient and read 
through to the end?I was adopted in 1960, at age 14 months by Mr. 
Giovanni Pedersen, the Sugar and tobacco millionaire; some say he also 
made his fortune from the lucrative illicit drugs trade. My adoption 
brought so much controversy that Mr. Martins was forced by his family 
to put me into a foster home at age 5,where I stayed until maturity; 
Like most Cuban youths, I dreamt of freedom, which every one here 
knows is called America; like most youths, in time, I joined an Anti-
Castro group and that merited automatic 24 hours round the clock 
surveillance by the Secret Police, but this is also normal in Cuba! My 
father nevertheless funded my education through the above mentioned 
university,where I graduated in Automobile Engineering. I am now a 
mechanic, making just enough to take care of my wife Vanassa, and 3 
boys, Junior, Denis, and woodison. Sadly, My father died in 1998; left 
only his wife and family (he died childless), and I was not invited to 
his funeral by his family, but we mourned him deeply;I had no memory 
of my real father; but I loved him for his kindness to me; he 
frequently defied his family to visit me?When I got married, he gave 
my wife a ring present which we later found out was a diamond ring! 
His Last Will and testament was read and probated. No mention was made 
of me and my family. Understandably,I carried on with my life. Two 
weeks ago, I received a letter from Valencia,Spain a country in 
Europe, from a Commission, and the contents of that letter put me into 
shock! I kept the letter for a week without mentioning it to my wife. 
Eventually I revealed everything to her?apparently My late father, Mr. 
Martins had provided for us after all! Mr.Farigamo had bought shares 
worth about 8 Million USD in 1978, (when I turned 18) and left it in 
my name;over time, My father bought more shares and increased the 
shareholding to USD28 million! ( I am made to understand that the 
current market value is far in excess of this figure?). The letter 
explained that according to the terms and agreement reached with my 
late father, the shares were to be delivered to me (The Beneficiary) 
one calendar year after his death; The Director of Operation of the 
Commission in his letter apologized to me for waiting so long to 
contact me; information of my father?s death simply did not reach him 
until a chance newspaper publication alerted him of the fact. I was 
then invited to come forward to Spain, to claim my Inheritance! The 
total current value of my shares now stand at approximately USD43 
million and rising! But this simple invitation to travel to Spain is 
fraught with problems! I have no International Passport! It is 
impossible to travel out of Cuba,unless with special permission which 
will of course take months of paperwork to procure?As an Anti-Castro 
sympathizer,I have absolutely no hope of leaving Cuba legally?The only 
option is to leave by illegal ferry to the American Coast of Miami, 
which is extremely dangerous?Every one knows that success rate is 
about 30%, the unlucky get captured and repatriated back to prison. 
But the rich and the connected have a better chance by using low 
flying aircraft ( which will beat the Cuban Radar) to smuggle 
themselves out. I therefore desperately need your help! I need you to 
contact the Commission in Spain on my behalf ; secure the Share 
Certificates from the Commission, and sell/redeem the shares for the 
current market value and deposit the money into your Bank Account. 
Once the money is secured, I will make the usual underground deal to 
be smuggled out of Cuba by aircraft, to freedom! There is absolutely 
NO RISK to you in this transaction; I and my family are the ones at 
risk... Therefore, I will make no attempt to call you by land based 
telephone,which is routinely bugged and monitored by the Secret 
Police. In consideration of your expenses during the course of this 
transaction, I freely offer you 20% of the value of my shares. If you 
are willing to help me recover my inheritance, please so indicate in 
your return reply mail and I will follow up with more details of the 
Commission contact address and also more details of the transaction. 
Looking forward to your urgent reply, Sincerely, Mr Charles Pedersen.

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