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Fraud email example:
From: "GABRIEL NZAMO" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 18:16:08 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY FROM GABRIEL.
I wish to plead for your understanding on any embarrassment and
inconvenience this mail of my mine may creat to you,i know that we have not heard any form of communication before, but hope that you will apply mutual understanding considering the urgency of this mail.
I am the heir of a Zimbabwean family; my father was an agriculturist and also the president/founder of (Zimbabwean Movement Front)an organisation seeking for the removal of Autocratic Government of President Robert Mugabe.
He became rich from his old-aged investment in agriculture and later
was victimized by President Robert Mugabe's land reform policy because his political Influence in the country.He was assassinated by unknown gunmen for defending his land ownership and siding the minority white farmers, all my fathers property has been s
ized including all the farms but luckly as if my father knows that he was about to be killed he called me early one morning and told me that he has deposited the sum of US$10.5 MILLION DOLLARS in a ecurity/finance company here in Accra Ghana,he handed me
over all the relevant documents and told me that he deposited/registered this money as precious items and family valuables which means that the company does not know the true content of what was being deposited with them,he warned that this should not b
e disclosed to the company to avoid confiscation,he also told me in case something happened to him that i should look for a trust and reliable person to assist me invest this money in a very political stable country,After this disclosure he was killed a
After my fathers death my life was threatened so I decided to run to
Ghana with my only junior brother were I am residing at the moment,
presently I have consulted the company and was told that my father
reached an agreement with them that the consignment should only be
released to his foreign partner but there was no name giving by my
father as his partner. So frankly I want you to help me act as my
fathers foreigner partner to enable the company release this consignment to you on my behalf, then once this is done, then you can help me invest the money either into your company or any other profitable business of which you will be the head of the bus
iness considering my lack of knowlege in business and my age.
Please this is the only problem I have now and it is above money,
that is why i write you, I am counting on you and believing that you will assist me in this, further details about it including all the relevant documents will be forwarded to you immediately I hear from you.
Plz i want to intrust my life into your hand now believing that you will not betray the trust iam about to repose on you,i and my junior brother has suffered so much since my father's death,this is the only fortune left me to take care of my brother and
i and my intention of not going back to my country warrants why i needed your help to help us secure this fund and invest it for us,we can discuss on a percentage to offer you for your assitance at your response.I am hoping to hear from you plz keep this
confidencial for the safety of our lives .
Please you can call me on 00 233-244-993418 as soon as you recieve this proposal for more discussion.
Thanks may God bless you.