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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 03:33:33 -0800
URGENT ASSISTANCE NEEDED FROM YOU
Getting your contact was not an easy task because since I am not computer
literate, I ordered my son to seek a partner very far away and he went to
the institute of International Business to apply and he paid them the charges.
After two days we were given three names and I did not write the three but
merely close my eyes in prayers and your address became my selection. I
intended to write one of the others if you had not responded on time or
if you eventually change your mind. You see my friend, if you rely solely
on God, you will never go wrong.
My name is JANG DOO-HWAN, The brother of Mr. CHUN DOO-HWAN, the former President
of South Korea who seized power in a military coup in 1979 and who ruled
from 1979 to 1987. My brother was pushed out of office and charged with
treason ,corruption and embezzlement of over 21billion won. He was wrongly
sentenced to death but fortunately AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL stepped in and
commuted the sentence to life. We thank God that he has finally being released
though still under house arrest in the sense of conditions of the freedom.
During my brother's regime as president of South Korea, we realized some
reasonable amount of money from various deals that we successfully executed.
I have plans to invest this money for my children?s future on real estate
and industrial production. Before my brother's was overthrown, I secretly
siphoned the sum of $20,000,000 million USD (Twenty million United states
dollars) out of Seoul and deposited the money with a security firm that
transports valuable goods
and consignments through diplomatic means. I am contacting you because I
want you to deal with the security company and claim the money on my behalf
since I have declared that the consignment belong to my foreign business
partner. You shall also be required to assist me in investment in your country.
I hope to trust you as a God fearing person who will not sit on this money
when you claim it, rather assist me properly, I expect you to declare what
percentage of the total money you will take for your assistance. When I
receive your positive response I will let you know where the security company
is and the payment pin code to claim the money which is very important.
What we need is to indicate your interest that you will assist us by receiving
the money on our behalf in Europe or with special arrangement, you can get
it transfered to you by bank transfer . For this, you shall be considered
to be the beneficiary of the money. The project in brief, is that the funds
with which we
intend to carry out our proposed investments in your country, is presently
in the custody of a Diplomatic Courier Services Company in Europe. We cannot
do this ourselves because we do not have any relatives living outside South
Korea and moreover we do not want the government of my Country to know about
the money because they will believe I got the money from my brother while
he was still in office as president .Once you confirm the receipt of the
money ,I will come over with my Children to your Country or any Country
in Europe to start a new life with my Family. As soon as payment is effected,
and the amount mentioned above is successfully transferred into your account,
we intend to use our own share in acquiring some estates abroad. For this
too you shall also be our overseas manager of all our properties and you
will be paid based on a certain percentage agreed on by both parties. For
now, let all our communication be by e-mail because my line is right now
connected to the South
Korean Telecommunication Network services therefore we can not take the
chances of being heard.
Please also send me your telephone and fax number. I will ask my son to
contact you to give you more details on after I have received a response
from you. I am going to introduce you to him as an age long friend so as
to prevent him from using any of his own friends who I regard as sycophants
who are around him for financial gains and treacherous if he gives them
this opportunity. This I got from the experience I had when the people turned
against Chun, my brother that became the prelude of our sorrow. The reason
why it took this long was that the security company?s agreement with me
was that my brother must personally sign the Power of Attorney that will
transfer title to the prospective beneficiary. It was a long wait but it
paid off. His excellency, Chun Doo-Hwan does not want to be personally involved
for security reason. Your quick response will be highly appreciated. Thank
you in anticipation of your cooperation.
N/B :Reply on my alternative email firstname.lastname@example.org
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