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Fraud email example:
From: "Stella Ngubene" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2005 02:08:43 -0700
Subject: From: Mrs.Stella.
From: Mrs.Stella Ngubene
18 Sunheight Randburg East
Johannesburg South Africa
My name is Mrs.Stella Ngubene, the wife of late Mr.Simon
Ngubene, of Zimbabwe. It might be a surprise to you where I
got your contact address I got it from the net.
I am using this opportunity to express my predicaments to
you During the current crises against the farmers of
Zimbabwe by the supporters of our President ROBERT MUGABE
to claim all the white owned farms in our country, he
ordered all the white farmers to surrender their farms to
his party members and their followers.My husband was one of
the best farmers in the country and knowing that he did not
support the president's political ideology,the president's
supporters invaded my husband's farm, burnt down
everything, shot him and as a result of the wounds
sustained, he became sick and died after two days. And
after his death I became a widow over night with my only
son(John) and one daughter(Vivan)we decided to move out of
Zimbabwe for the safety of our lives to South Africa.
Before he died, he wrote his 'WILL' which reads: 'MY
BELOVEED SON (John) I WISH TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE
SUM OF US$12 MILLION U.S DOLLARS WHICH I DEPOSITED IN A
BOX WITH A SECURITY COMPANY IN JOHANNESBURG (SOUTH-AFRICA)
IN CASE OF MY ABSENCE ON EARTH CAUSED BY DEATH ONLY' you
should solicit for reliable foreign partner to assist you
to transfer this money out of SOUTH-AFRICA for the family
care and investment purposes I deposited the money in your
name(John Ngubene)and it can be claimed by you with the
help of a foreign partner using the deposit code.Your
mother has all the documents.Take good care of your mother
and your sister.
From the above you will understand that the lives and
future of my family depends on this money as much as I will
be very grateful if you can assist us. We are now living in
South-Africa as POLITICAL ASYLUM SEEKERS and the financial
law of SOUTH-AFRICA do not allow an ASYLUM SEEKER any
financial right to operate such huge amount of money .In
view of this I cannot invest this money in South-Africa
hence I am asking you to assist us transfer this money out
of South-Africa for investment purposes.
(1).For your efforts I am prepared to offer you 30% of the
total fund while 70% will be kept for my family and I for
investments.Immediately we establish trust within our
selves,I would go ahead to give you all the details you
might require to know about this fund.GIVE ME A CALL ON +27-734-598-668.PLEASE SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PLEASE READ ABOUT PROBLEMS IN ZIMBABWE FROM THE
MRS. STELLA NGUBENE.
(FOR THE FAMILY).