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Fraud email example:
From: "MARIAMABACHA" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 12:22:36 +0100
Subject: URGENT &CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL
FROM: MRS MARIAM ABACHA
MY DEAR FRIEND,
It is mypleasure tocontact you in a situation like
this, I know that thecontent of thisletter might be
a surprise to you, but even though wehardly knoweach
other, I believe that you can help me.
I am Mrs.Mariam Abacha,the widow of the late Gen.
Sanni Abacha former NigerianMilitary Headof
State who died mysteriously as a result ofCardiac
Sincemy husbandâ??s death, my family has beenunder
restriction of movementand that notwithstanding, we
are beingmolested, policed and our bankaccount both
here and abroad are beingfrozen by
the Nigeriangovernment. All this is because the
presentNigerian President was putin prison by my
husband when he was foundguilty of plotting a coupto
over-throw my husband. All myhusband
friends refuse to come to ouraid because of fear of
thePresident and for governmental positionswhich
he had offeredthem.
Following the recent discovery of myhusbandâ??s Bank
Accountby the Nigerian government with Swiss
Bank inwhich the huge sum ofUS$700 Million and DM450
Million was logged. Itherefore decidedto
contact you in confidence that l was able to moveout
the sum ofUS$30.8 Million Dollars, which
was secretly sealed inTwo Metal Boxesfor Security
Reasons and was deposited with a safeDepositCompany
outside Nigeria through their diplomaticservicefor
Please you can visit these websites andreadmore
about my late husband and you will understand
what I amtellingyou.
I personally appeal to you seriously and religiously
foryoururgent assistance to move
this money into your country where lbelieveIt will
be safe since l cannot leave the country due
totherestriction of movement imposed on the members
of my family bytheNigeria Government.
I have made necessary arrangement withanAttorney who
will arrange all the documents thatcoversthis
consignment, you will have to met with himthe
were this consignment will be release to you,
andliaise withyou towards
effective completion of this money out ofthecountry.
Once you indicate your interest towards
assisting us, Iwilldirect you to the Attorney who
shall send you the contactinformationof the company
together with secret code of the consignmentandother
related documents that will help youclaimthe
Conclusively, we have agreed to offer you 20%ofthe
total sum while 75% is to be held on trust by
you until weregainour freedom from the Nigerian
Government and 5% for any expensesthatyou will make
during this transaction. Also we havedecidedto
establish a mutual
business investments with our own shareinyour
country in which you will monitor on our behalf
subsequent toourfree movement by the Nigerian
Please kindly replytothis email address urgently and
treat this transaction withabsoluteconfidentiality
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