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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 20:26:42 +0000
From: Micheal A. Wilkins
Abidjan cote d'Ivoire
Compliment of the day.
Dear in Christ,
I am Micheal A Wilkins the son of late former Director of finance Minister
Gen. Alexandre Wilkins Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation.
I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is my bond, in this proposal.
My late father diverted this money meant for purchase of ammunition in the
country during the peak of disastrous civil war in my country, now he has
deposited the money with one international bank here in Abidjan Cote D`Ivoire,
where I am residing under political asylum with my sister.
Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG soldiers, the
resent government of Sierra Leone has revoked the passport of all officers
who served under the former regime and now ask countries to expel such person
at the same time freeze their account and confiscate their asset, it is
on this note that I am contacting you to help me uplift this fund out of
For you to assist me transfer this money in your private bank account,the
said amount is ( Eighteen.Three Million Dollars) $18.300.000.00 USD.
I am compensating you with 10% of the total money Amount, now all my hopes
banked on you and I really wants to invest this money in your country,were
their is stability of Government, political and economic welfare.
Honestly I want you to believe that this transaction is real and never a
My late father Gen. Wilkins gave me the photocopies of the certificate of
deposit issued to him by the bank on the date of deposit for you to be clarified
because I do not expose my self to anybody I see, I believe that you are
able to keep this transaction secret for me because this money is the hope
of my life, it is important.
Please write me immediately after you must have gone through my message
fill free and make it urgent, and that is the reason why I offered you 15%
of the total money amount, and in case of any other necessary expenses you
might incur during this transaction will be reimbourse immediately the transaction.
Try and negotiate for me some profitable bluechip investment opportunities
which is risky free, which, I can invest with this money when it is transferred
to your account, personally I am interested in estate management and hotel
business, please advise me.
Get back to me immediately you receive this message for more explanation.And
promisse me and my younger sister to be a father considering our situation
and not to betray us.
Thanks and God bless You
Micheal and Jane Wilkins.
WE NEED YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE.
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