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Fraud email example:
From: james kluti <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 10:06:13 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: WE NEED YOUR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE
FROM:M. JAMES and JANET KLUTI
Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire
I know this proposal letter may come to you as a surprise considering the fact that we have not had any formal acquaintance before. But all the same I would
want you for the sake of God to give this an immediate attention in view of the fact that the security of our live and possession is at stake.
I am Mr JAMES KLUTI a 24 years old from war ravaged LIBERIA but presently domiciled in Abidjan Ivory Coast with my sister JANET who is 20 years old. My father Mr Richard Kluti who before his untimely assassination by the rebels was the Director of LIBERIA Diamond and Gold corporation (LDGC) .He was killed in our government residential house along side two of my other brothers ,two house maids and one government attached security guard fortunately for I, my younger sister and my mother ,we were on a week end visit to our home town As we got the news of the tragedy.
We immediately managed to run into neighbouring Ivory Coast for refuge. But unfortunately, as fate would have it ,we lost our dear mother (may her soul rest in peace) as a result of what the Doctor called cardiac
As we were coming into this country, we had some documents of a deposit of twolve million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD ($12,500.000) made by my late father in a security and trust company. According to my father, he intended to use this fund for his international business transaction after his tenure in office but was unfortunately murdered.
We had located the security company where the money is deposited, with the help of an attorney and established ownership. please right now ,with the bitter experiences we had in our country and the war still going on especially in diamond area which incidentally is where we hail from.
Coupled with the incessant political upheavals and hostilities in this country Ivory Coast, We desire seriously to leave here and live the rest of our life into a more peaceful and politically stable country like yours hence this proposal and request,we therefore wish you can help us in the following regards.
1) To provide us with a good bank account to transfer
the money into
2) To help us invest the money into a lucrative
3) To assist my sister Janet get a college admission
to further her education.
Therefore for the sake of God and humanity give an immediate positive consideration and reply to me via our e-mail address. I will willingly agree to any suitable percentage of the money you will propose as your compensation for your assistance with regards to the above.
Please in view of our sensitive refugee status and as we are still conscious of our father's enemies. I would like you to give this a highly confidential approach while waiting for your favorable response
JAMES and JANET KLUTI
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