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Fraud email example:
From: "Buba Johnson" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 00:24:43 +0000
Subject: Dr. Buba Johnson
Dr. Buba Johnson
Compliment of the day.
I know this mail will come to you as a surprise. Nevertheless I am Dr. Buba
Johnson, aged 59 years, the brother of Major Doncan Johnson, Chief Security
Officer and Aide-de-camp to the exiled president Charles Tailor of Liberia .
As a result of the on-going problem in my country, I am saddled with
problems of my ill-health of protracted diabetes and high blood pressure
which is getting of increase in the recent times, more importantly getting a
trust worthy individual abroad to receive the sum of US$36.2million on our
behalf which I intend to invest in your company.
Due to this crises presently in my city Monrovia our home town, I managed to
sneak myself and my son David 23 years of age and four other of my daughters
out of Lagos Nigeria for safety. We were sneaked into Lagos Nigeria through
the land boarder by the help of some government militant group.
we decided to come down here to Lagos Nigeria to secure the this deposit
deposited here and to
further look for a trust worthy individual abroad to receive these deposit
which has being deposited here in Dakar Senegal before My brother was
eventually killed by the heartless rebels.
I feel confident therefore to introduce myself to you based on this problem
and our present condition as all our foreign contacts and connections got
lost during this crises, all properties burnt by the rebels.
I am desperately in need to move and re-locate this huge deposit to your
country for safe keeping as this is the only wealth remaining for the future
survival and well being of my large family.
For your percentage for assistance, a negotiable percentage will be
discussed as soon as I receive your response based on this plea for your
assistance as our
lives are highly in danger due to this problem. I pray and plead for your
help. Please endavour to email me back for further clarifications over this
God bless you as you respond to my plea for assistance. and phone will be
open for your call any time but if I am available the time of your call, my
son David will respond to you accordingly.