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Fraud email example:
From: "Babouodea" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 20:49:39 +0000
Subject: PLEASE HELP
Mr Babou Odema.
Rue basarga 10.
Please permit me to introduce myself, I am Mr.Babou Odema. As you read this,
I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die
someday. I was a gold merchant in Ghana,i have been diagnosed with Esophageal
spinal cord after the motor accident I hard A year and six months now. It
has defiled all forms of medical treatment no improvements I stay one place
in the Hospital without walking, this mail was written by one of my closerest
nurse who is in the hospital here and hard promised to keep this secret.
I await for death any time from now may be in the next few months,according
to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never
really cared for anyone(not
even myself)but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous,
I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was
the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that
there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in
the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world
I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it.
Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and
assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close
friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided
to give alms to charity organizations, as
I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have
distributed money to some charity organizations in Austra, cameroun,liberia,Algeria
and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this
myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts
and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria
and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do
not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have
left for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of Six
Million Dollars $6,250,000,00 that I have with a finance/Security Company
abroad. I will want you to help me
collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity or ganizations. I have
set aside 10% for you and for your time. If you feel up to it and you are
honest, please contact me asap.and I shall proceed on the documents concerned
you will receive this money within 3-4 working days from now.
God be with you.
Mr Babou Odema.
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