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Fraud email example:
From: "FROM:MR.BRIGHT ROSSMAN" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 04:21:12 -0700
Subject: FROM:MR.BRIGHT ROSSMAN
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
PROPOSAL FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.
My name is Mr. BRIGHT ROSSMAN the elder son of Mr. DAVID ROSSMAN of Zimbabwe.
This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address.
I got your address from the South African chamber of commerce in Johannesburg,
South Africa in my search for a honest and trusty worthy person.
During the current war against the farmers in my country Zimbabwe, the
supporters of our president Robert Mugabe invaded and confiscated all the
white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white
farmers to surrender all farms to his party members and his followers.
my father being of the best few successful and rich black farmers in our
country was victimized because he did not support mugabe s ideas .because
of this, supporters of the mugabe government called war veterans" invaded
my fathers farm and burnt everything in the farm, killing my father and made
away with a lot of items in my father's farm.
Before his death, my father had deposited with one of the security company
in Johannesburg, south Africa the sum of US$20 million (Twenty Million United
States Dollars).after the death of my father, we decided to move to the
republic of south Africa where he had deposited the money in the security
company as "family valuables".
So I decided to contact overseas firm and companies that will assist me
to move this money out of south Africa because as asylum seekers we are not allowed
to operate any bank account within south Africa. we have Agreed to offer you
25% of the total sum for your assistance,5% will be mapped out for any expenses
that may be incurred in the course of this transaction while
70% will be for me and my family to invest in your country under your
If my proposal meets your satisfaction, you can contact me on the above
telephone numbers or EMAIL:ADDRESS to enable us proceed. Note that this
transaction is 100% risk free and requires absolute confidentiality.
YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER IS URGENT
Thanks and god bless.
(For the family)