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Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 03:32:50 -0200
Subject: help me and my son for investment project
MRS.MARTHA KEITA DADANI REFUGEE CAMP
C/O ROCK OF AGES EVANGELICAL MINISTRY
ABIDJAN, COTE D'VOIRE
With the best compliments of the year, I wish to solicit your help in migrating
to your country and investing my funds.I am a Sierra Leonean National and the
wife of late Dr Silas Keita Until his death, my husband was the General overseer
of the Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation in Kanema Sierra Leone. On April
6 2000 the military forces loyal to the Government of Ahmed Tijan Kabbah invaded
the Diamond and Gold mine and assassinated my husband, mistaking him for his
brother Umar Keita who is the deputy to the leader of the revolutionary United
Front (RUF ) Foday Sankoh.
When the news reached me, I hurriedly gathered some valuables in our family
villa and escaped for my dear life in the company of my only son Simon.Among
the valuables was a file that contained details of a Deposit my husband made
in a security company here in Abidjan, Cote d'ivoire.He deposited US$28.5M
(twenty-eight million Five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars) contained in 1 Trunk
box in the name of our son Simon. He did not disclose the real contents of the
Trunk Box to the Security Company. He Declared the contents as Family Valuables
for security reasons. This is the money he made from the sale of Gold and diamonds
during his time as the General overseer.
Now that we are in Cote d'voire and verified the transaction, we need your assistance
to recieve this funds on our behalf for investment in your country as we cannot
invest here due to its nearness to our country and the insecurity still going
on there.and as the law here forbid assylum seekers to operate bank accounts,We
ask you to scout for a viable and lucrative business, so that we can invest
wisely.We have it in mind to give you 20% of the total sum (28.5 million US
Dollars)and 25% share in any investment we will embark upon if you assist us.
This fortune of ours we have revealed to you should remain Confidential as it
only you who we have told about it.Kindly indicate your interest and willingness
us on receipt of this message for for us to clarify you on how to proceed. Note
that this transaction is risk free.
May the shelter and care of God be upon you as you
assist us.Remain blessed.
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