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Fraud email example:
From: "ABDULAHI GUEI" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2003 07.03.50 +0200
Subject: PLEASE,YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IS HIGHLY NEEDED.
On behalf of the entire members of GUEI family and my good self,
ABDULAHI GUEI the first son and the present speaker of the family
his excellency ROBERT GUEI the EX President of Republic of
in western region of Africa is hereby asking for your help and also
your maximum assistance.I am a medical student and a middle aged man
of twenty nine years.Presently,i am in bukina faso western region in
Africa as refegees just to keep government preying eye away from me.
My late father, when he was in power he accumulated a lot of wealth
and he also lodged a locked box containing the total sum of Twenty
five Million Dollars ($25,Million) and block Gold worth of 65 kilos
and 99% purity in a security company in Italy.He lodged it as computer accesories
and not register the real content for security reasons.Because it,s unlawful to
deposit cash in a security company.And till date the management of the security
was ignorant of the real content of the vault.
He was killed by enemies cause of the political enviness government
has for him when he was alive.And after his death the government led
by LAURENT GBAGBO orderd to seize of all his know properties.My father
s properties were all conficicated including all his bank accounts
with the accusation of financial embelsslement.
After all this trends by the government, the whole family were left
with nothing apart from this money in Italy.And Luckly he called me
a month before his sudden death and disclosed this secret to me,
But he didn,t give the key,the secret code number of the box and
the whole documents concerning to the vault in my hand immediately.
Just two month ago,i find all the relevant documents involved,
the key and code number of the consignment where it was written
on a document.
Then,I called the security company as the chief beneficiary to know
the proceedure and ready for the claim.But the management of the
security company said,my late father signed an agreement with them
that the vault belong to his foreign partner.And if himself is not
physically available in future,his next of kin "ABDULAHI" which is
i myself must be accompanied with his foreign partner before the
release of this vault,and there is no name specified in the agreement
as the foreign partner.
Based on this reasons,i am contacting you to help me and stand as my
late father foreign partner and the true beneficiary to the vault by
helping us to arrange on how we will dislodge the consignment from the
company.Personaly,i have decide to follow you to your country for the
investment of this funds immediately it,s released.Neverthless the
success of this transaction will give birth to a live time
,patnership and oneness till death do us part. Hope to hear
soonest through this email account or alternative email