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Fraud email example:
From: agbanabo_okeke okeke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 20:56:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Yourss incerely,
Iam Manddy agbanabo okekea from Republic of Sierra-Leon. What I am about to tell you now may sound strange but it is the truth and I would like you to give this mail a perusal.
My agbanabo okekea, Fonday Sankoh who was the rebel leader of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra-Leon was arrested with 49 other members including me. We were detained and as a result of ill health Fondey died in prison. I was very close to him, although I do not agree always with some of his decisions. But I have to obey since he was the leader.
My main purpose of contacting you is that, I and his wife was the only persons that knew of these funds he deposited in his name with a security and financial firm. He reliably informed me of $12,000,000.00 (Twelve million Dollars). These funds are the proceeds of diamond supplies and deals he had with Liberian President, Mr. Charles Taylor and other white business men mainly from Belgium. These funds were smoothly packed in two consignments. He deposited these consignments as privilegedand non inspected deposit and as such, the security firm officials do not know the actual contents of those consignments. I was released from prison about one week now. Been that I was aware of this venture; I decided to make a move. Why I want you to come to our aid is because of the UN/AU warnings to freeze any known accounts, assets and properties of President Charles Taylor,Fondey Sankoh and any of their known business partners on diamond in Africa. Therefore, we want you to partner with !
lodging these funds into a neutral account /deposit having you as the beneficiary. This is to avoid the penalty of UN/AU and other regional authorities which might prevent us from claiming these funds or confiscate them. Due to our status now; we can not be able to handle this transaction perfectly without the assistance of an expatriate. You will not only help us to manage this fund for now but we have resolved to give you %30 of the total sum for all your efforts to make this transaction a success. Be assured that this business will be prosecuted under an arrangement that will prevent us from any breach of the law. Be assured that this business is %100 risk-free.
I hope that you treat this proposal with strict confidentiality. Please, you can also link us to some one who can handle this if you would not be interested. If this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology and do feel free to contact me at once to indicate your interest. Your earliest response will help us to stop further search for assistance.
Thanking you in anticipation of your cooperation.
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