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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 18:30:08 +0200
Subject: Proposed Assistance
This mail may be a surprise to you because you did not give me the permission
to do so and neither do you know me but before I tell you about myself I
want you to please forgive me for sending the mail without your permission.
My name is Sarah Adidi Guei, 28 years old and the daughter of the late military
ruler of Ivory-Coast ( Retired Brigadier General Robert Guei) who was killed
in a political crisis which led to war in my country(Ivory-Coast)some weeks
ago.My father,mother and two junior brothers were killed by some soldiers
believed to be loyal to the government because of my father's objection
to some certain policies of the present government. I was lucky to have
escaped with a brother who is the last child of the family that night because
we were visiting a family friend in another city far away from our home.
I have to go into hiding with my junior brother for some days before arrangements
were made for us to leave Ivory-Coast for the Republic of Togo on the invitation
of President Eyadema of Togo who granted us political assylum.
Before we left for Togo,I visited our home where my mother and my two junior
ones were killed in our village and during the search for some documents
in my father's room came accross some vital documents and the keys to a
secret vault in the house.I took the keys and went down to where the vault
is and there I discovered two metal boxes which were carefully hidden. With
the aide of the documents I was able to open the boxes only to find out
that the boxes were full of money in hundred dollar bills. I could not count
the money because I was very shock to see it and again it is too much for
me to count but the documents that I discovered in his room which led me
to the boxes put the money at $10,000,000:00(ten million dollars).
I locked it back carefully and arranged for the boxes to be moved with me
through the help of some family friends to Abidjan the capital city where
I deposited the boxes with a security company for safe-keeping.I did not
declare the content of the boxes to the security company,I only declare
it as family valuables.
When the African leaders came to Ivory-Coast and President Eyadema invited
us to go to the Republic of Togo where I now live with my junior one.I cannot
leave the money there in Abidjan so I am making arrangements to move the
boxes to Togo where I now live and have the money transfered by bank abroad.
This has been my reason for contacting you.
I would have given you my telephone number so that you can call me in order
to discuss the issue better but I'm afraid to do so because we have too
many people around us who I would not want to know of the money but I have
a laptop with me all the time and I think it will be better to communicate
by Internet untill we can make proper and solid arrangements about how to
move the money.
I wish to meet with you if you can make a trip to The Republic of Togo or
Ivory-Coast,then we can meet secretly before we go ahead for the transaction.Never
mind about your expenditure it will be taken care of though I may not be
able to send some money to you right now but I will pay it back if you can
do it and not only that,I am ready to offer 30% of the money to you for
this assistance.It is not that I am paying you but for your assistance which
I shall really appreciate.
Please I wish that this assistance be treated highly confidential.
please if you are serious and you want to help me please reply you answer
to my privet email address, email@example.com
Waiting to read your response about the proposal soon
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