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Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. C B" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 16:23:07 +0000
Subject: LETTER FROM: MRS.EDEN C. BRITON
LETTER FROM: MRS.EDEN C. BRITON
Dear Steve Giancristoforo,
In lordship I am the above named person from Philippines but now undergoing
medical treatment. I was married to Dr.ROBERTS BRITON who worked with the
We were both married for eleven years without children.He died after a brief
illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both
Christians and since his death I decided not to re-marry.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of USD7, 600,000.00
(Seven Million Six Hundred Thousand dollars with a reliable Finance
I will send you details as soon as you indicate your interest. Recently, my
Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Six months due to my
cancer illness. Having known my condition and believing the doctor I have
decided to donate this fund to avoid total loss to church, less
privilege, or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this
money the way, I am going to instruct herein.
I want interested church or individual that will receive and use this money
to help churches, orphanages, widows and propagating the Gospel and to
ensure that the house of God is maintained. Please do not fail to spread
the funds across the globe as soon as you receive the money.
The Bible made us to understand that it is more blessed to give than to
receive. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will
inherit this money and my husband relatives are fighting over the properties
and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by their
greedy attitude. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in
an UNGODLY manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not
afraid of death since I am a good Christian.
I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says
that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don't need any
telephone communication in this regard because of my health, and because of
the presence of my husband's relatives around me always.
I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are
possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact
information of the Finance Company and other details that will enable you
claim the funds. I will also issue you a letter of authority/Power of
Attorney that will make you the beneficiary of this fund.
I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My
happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants
to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be
prayerful all through your life. I sent you this mail under severe pains.
Any delay in your reply will be detrimental. Please assure me that you will
Hoping to hear from you immediately.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Mrs. EDEN C. BRITON