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Fraud email example:
From: "Mary Kheradmand" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 15:54:19 +0100
Subject: Urgent attention from Mrs Kheradmand
From: Mrs Mary Kheradmand of Kuwait
I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am a South African by nationality
and married to Dr. Benham Kheradmand who worked with Kuwait Embassy in
Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2000.
We were married for eleven years without a child.
He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his
death we were both christians who always seek the glory of God at all
times, though we are not perfect but only made perfect through his grace.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home because i think time has runned against my age and natural
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $8.6Million (Eight
Million six hundred thousand U.S.Dollars) with a Deposit and Deliverng
Company in Benin Republic West Africa. Presently, this money is still with
the firm and the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward
to receive the trunk boxes or rather issue a letter of authorisation
to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not go to their office in
Presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for
I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have
only a few weeks to
live.It is my last wish to see this money distributed to victims of 26 of
december earthquake disaster
in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka,Thailand and Somalia, killing more than
29,000 people and left more than
9000 homeless and other charity organizations.
Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my
I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any
of them. Please,I beg you in the name of God to help me collect the deposit
and the interest accured from the
company and distribute it accordingly.
I want a God fearing person to use this money to fund orphanages, widows and
where ever Gods name are always mentioned and worship propagating the word
of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The scripture made
us to understand that Blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision
because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and I don't want
my husband's hard earned money to be misused Hence the reason for taking
decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.
I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says
that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
soundless voice and presence of my husband'srelatives around me always. I
don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are
possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of
the Deposit Company in Benin and also issue you a letter of permission so
that the company will be able to release the funds to you.
I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shephard.
My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian, whowever that
wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be
prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room
in sourcing for another person for this same purpose.
With multitude grace and mercy from our good God, i am wishing you a happy
prosperous year through the Lord Jesus Christ. Please assure me that you
accordingly as I stated herein. contact
me with my alternative email email@example.com
Hoping to hearing from you soon and happy newy.
Mrs Mary Kheradmand
13094 Kuwait, Kuwait.Rep.