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Fraud email example:
From: "GEORGE PETRO" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 16:48:07 -0800
Subject: Joint Venture Invitation
Joint Venture Invitation
442 Trambo Ln. Fayettsburg,
Johannesburg, South Africa
Compliments and good day,I know you might be surprised and astonish how
dearly I come in contact with your profile e-mail address,I got your contact
from South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry through a journal when
I was making an indepth research on the International Subscribers list of
Yahoo Webpage of a credible personality that can offer me a genuine assistance
and your name was the one that touched my spirit being.
As stated above, My name is George Petro. I am 32years of age, and a son
and a heir of the Zimbabwian Farmer and a spokesman of white farmers that
was against the leader of Robert Mugabe(President),Which resulted in mudering
of my father in cold blooded by the rebel group of the president Robert
Mugabe and enventually they burnt and confiscated my famer's assets.
My mother, I and my immediate younger sister came down to Republic of South
africa as asylum seekers,where the money was being deposited to the private
security company for safe keeping purpose with out disclosing the contents
of the box to them.And With interests in relocating to your country, and
venturing all of our funds in excess of some USD30 Million, all in USD100
bills. For also in your assistance in your line of business, and under your
My father was the founder of the farmers association and the treasurer of
the entire farmers organization, and this money was realised and set-up
for the purchase of sophiscated mechanised farming equipments,like tractors
etc,for the mechanised farming in the country Zimbabwe.
You are to take home 20% of the gross for all your anticipated assistance
by the time the funds are successfully lodged in your nominated account(s)
overseas while 5% is set aside for miscellaneous expenses. But first of
all we need to know you more,and also we would need to move the funds and
of course ourselves out of this place as soon as we can possible arrange
that to be.
My mother and I have carefully worked out the modalities for the eventual
transfer. You are to participate as our foreign partner in the scheme of
arrangement and management as our fund manager.Note you can call me on my
direct telephone number:-+27-83-693-3331, or reply to e-mail add:-(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks and God bless.
Note:-Pls,Reply this mail upon your receipt of this proposal through this
private email add:-(email@example.com)
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