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Fraud email example:
From: paul lucas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 12:19:35 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Urgent Assistance.
I am PAUL LUCAS ,the only son of late former Director of finance, Chief DESMOND LUCAS 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 for my country, during the peak of disastrous civil war in my country, now he has deposited the money with PRIME BANK Abidjan,where I am residing under political assylum.
Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG SOLDIERS, the present government of Sierra-Leone has revoked the passport of all officers who served under the former regime and now asked country to expel such persons at the same time freeze their account and confiscate their assets, it is on this note that i am contacting you .
All I need from you is to furnish me with your bank particulars such as:
1) Account Name,
2) Account Number,
3)Bank Address, telephone and Fax number, for you to assist me to transfer this money in your private bank account,the said amount is ($10,000,000).
I am compesating you with 10% of the total money, now all my hope is banked on you and i really want to invest this money in your country where there is stability of government, political and economic
Honestly, I want you to beleive that this transaction is real and never a joke.My late father Chief DESMOND LUCAS gave me the photocopies of the Enlodgement Reciept issued to him by PRIME BANK on the date of deposit, for you to be clarify because i do not expose myself to anybody I see,I believe that you will be able to keep this transaction secret for me because this money is the hope my life, it is important.
Please immediately after you must have gone through my message feel free and make it urgent, that is the reason why I offer you 10% of the total amount and should incase of any other neccesary expenses you
might incure during this transaction would be taking care of at the end of the day.
N.B: Try and negotiate for me some profitable blue chip investment opportunities which is risk free which I can invest with this money when it is transferred to your account.Personaly, I am interested in estate management and hotel business, please advise me.Reach me back immediately you receive this message for more explanation and promise me that you will not betray me considering our situation.
Thanks and God bless.