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Fraud email example:
From: "MRS RITA EDWARD" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 20:47:51 +0100
Subject: Would u help?
FROM: MRS RITA EDWARD
PRIVATE EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise, since we have not
met before, I sourced your profile and contact from a human resource
on The Internet, permit me however, I am MRS RITA EDWARD. Wife of late MR
JOHN EDWARD, a very successful White Farmers in Zimbabwe, who was brutally
killed by an unknown Armed Assassins Suspected to be part of the Evil Work
of President Robert Mugabe who on May 31st 2000 announced a Constitution
and decree, to seize more than 849 white-owned farms, claiming that it
to Black indigenes, so far, more than 1,400, White farm lands and ,
have been invaded and confiscated.
I decided to contact you, for your assistance, so that I can establish
a company in your country and relocate there. Also, I must re-iterate the
importance, for you to act and front as the owner of the enterprise, due
to the fact that I am a foreigner. For this purpose, I have deposited in
a Finance & Security company in Europe all Monies from the sale of our
farm proceeds and farming equipments (including Tractors etc), which
to US$13.500,000( Thirteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)
The present political instability in my country Zimbabwe, does not encourage
any financial investment as the environment is not conducive for we white
Citizens and most of all security is not guaranteed, just as reported by
international media. And the CNN, that more than 6 white farmers was killed,
as for my own record as an eye witness the real amount of White Farmers
and Families that was killed is 17, I can not risk giving up all that Me
and My late Husband has Worked for, more than 35 years, You can view these
websites for more Stories.
I will upon receiving your consent instruct my lawyer to prepare every
documents to enable you receive these funds, from The Finance Company, on
my behalf, pending on my arrival to meet with you in yourcountry so That
we can both make further arrangements with regards to Establishing the
As a partner you will be entitled to 20% stake in whichever company that
we both decide to establish when I arrive your country, presently reside
in South Africa pending on when I have successfully finalize this
transaction, You can also
contact my Attorney on his Contact stated Bellow for onward proceedings,
BARRISTER OLIVER ZUMA
God bless you
MRS RITA EDWARD