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Fraud email example:
From: Raila Odinga <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 13:49:21 +0300
Subject: GOOD DAY
From_the desk of: Raila Odinga
Road & Public Works Minisitry
(Nairobi - Kenya)
Date: 25th, May. 2005
Re: Confidential Business Transaction
I am Raila Odinga, the present Minister of Road and Public
Works of Federal Rebuplic of Kenya. Your dossier was
obtained from Kenya/America Chambers of Commerce in quest
for a trustworthy individual/company for a confidential
Since I was appointed a Mininster in the above mentioned
Ministry, I have accumulated the total sum of US$6.5M (Six
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only)
from over-invoiced awarded contracts by the Mininstry,
which is now deposited in my private account in Europe. Be
informed that my account details will be provided to you
upon the confirmation of your preparedness, which you can
as well verify online.
However, Mwai Kikaki, the President of Kenya has ordered an
inquiry into corruption as a graft scandal engulfs his
Government. Therefore, I am soliciting your assistance for
the transfer of this fund from my present account to your
account, pending my retirement.
The reason for the above is that the code of conduct bureau
in my country does not allows a civil servant to operate a
foreign based account or own any large capital investment.
Be reminded that an account with zero credit balance can
serve the purpose of this transaction.
Furthermore, to show my preparedness to work with you, I
have earmarked 15% of the total sum for you since you are
providing the coverage for the funds; while the remaining
85% shall be for me since I shall bear the costs of all
expenditures until the fund in question finally gets
into your account.
For the security of this transaction, I want all
communication regarding this transaction to be between you
and my personal assistant Mr. Bernardo Casillas , who is
currently in London,United Kingdom, and his contact numbers
are as stated below:
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation while awaiting
(Minister of RPWM)
Cc:Mr. Bernardo Casillas.
Cv-ul tau ia 500 euro/luna!