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Fraud email example:
From: "ALHAJISANI BUHARIBELLO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 07:19:31 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend
I am writing this mail with profound interest, having considered you highly
reputable and capable of assistance to my understated business proposal
after going through a brief profile of your company on the internet.
I am Alhaji Sani Buhari Bello, a Liberian Politician who served as a
Personal Aid to the former Liberian President (Charles Ghankay Taylor) who
is presently declared wanted by the American Government to face charges of
Loots, Human Right Abuses and War Crimes. Details can be found on the
internet through any of the Search Engines, e.g; www.google.com
On my presumed reliance as a man, I am establishing this relationship with
you in benevolent spirit to mutually execute a deal presently at hand.
Precisely a month and eight days before Mr. Charles Taylor departed for
asylum in Nigeria, an amount of $68 million US Dollars was earmarked and
given to a six member committee which I was the leader, to lobby few
prominent Liberian Citizens and some of the ECOWAS leaders to enhance
Taylors self succession bid as a life time President of the Republic Of
However, negotiations were not concluded for the funds to be shared before
the pressure became un-bearable and he fled for safety. All efforts to
regain Power proved abortive, as the George Bush administration insisted on
The five committee members and I, has decided after a joint meeting held two
nights ago to use the $68 million as our benefit and compensation for the
risks we have taken working for Taylor, since the funds are still in our
possession. In the meeting, I was mandated (as the leader) to look for a
TRUSTWORTHY foreign partner through who the funds can be invested abroad,
since we have little or no knowledge in the areas of lucrative business and
Friend, are you worth the role and really capable of handling this
transaction effectively? If so, can you really be trusted?
This is to ascertain your interest and once positive response is received
from you, assuring us of your utmost cooperation, sincerity and
confidentiality, I shall arrange a meeting with you immediately so that we
can discuss and conclude modalities for the transaction to commence without
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Alhaji Sani Buhari Bello