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Fraud email example:
From: mariam isreal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2005 18:07:16 +0000
FROM: Mrs MARIAM HOPE ISREAL
C/O PRINCE SALIF ISREAL
ABIDJAN, COTE DIVOIRE (IVORY- COAST)
TEL : (00225) 07-06-85-54
ATTN : MANAGING DIRECTOR
REF : INVESTMENT ASSISTANCE
I am writing with my personal respect with regards to
personality / firm as a reliable, trustworthy and God
fearing. I got your
contact through the help of chamber of commerce in
Abidjan the capital of
COTE DIVOIRE . In deed I am the wife of late Mr.
Michael Kovo Isreal from
Sierra Leone. I and my two children are presently
staying in Abidjan as
refugees, my husband was one of the Ministers of
Johnny Paul Koromah s
regime in Sierra Leone.
During the intervention of the ECOMOG Soldiers to
restore the presidency
Alhaji Tejan KABBAH from Johnny Koroma, my husband
was among the 23
Ministers. As our bread winner is dead ( my husband)
and our stay in Sierra
Leone is no more safe, I and my two children decided
to move to COTE
DIVOIRE a neighbouring African Country for safety.
Due to our status in
COTE DIVOIRE as refugees I was forced to lodge our
family funds (USD $ 25.
5 million) and some treasures like gold and diamond
in a Security Company
here in Abidjan.
Ever since then we have been receiving help from our
mission, because we
are staying in one of the visitors villa in the
church premises and attend
fellowship and worship fully. I hope you will be
touched to understand my
You will provide or look for a lucrative venture
where this money can be
invested on. We have agreed to invest our money
viable in any overseas
country through your assistance and directives,
especially in hotel or real
Before proceeding, we will get to be more familiar
and also go into an
understanding working agreement because our familys
future now depends on
this money. The boxes containing the money and
treasures were all
and registered as a family treasures. This was done
for security reasons.
We would like to know what you will take as your
percentage for assisting
We sincerely wish to introduce and make you our
business partner and
overseer of our proposed investment in your country.
I need potential buyers for the gold and diamond.
We are prepared to send all the documents regarding
to this deposit as soon
as you show your immediate response by phone or by
Fax, do not fail to give
me your telephone and fax numbers.
MRS MARIAM ISREAL.
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