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Fraud email example:
From: "Daniel Kallon" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 12:43:18 +0000
Subject: Urgent Pls
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
How are you and the daily activities including your family? I hope everybody is fine.
I got your contact through reliable source that told me how trustworthy and reliable you are based on that assurance I decided to repose all my confidence in you as a trustworthy person, regarding a transaction, which most remain private and confidential.
I am son of the late minister of mines and energy who was killed as a result of the notable role he played during the current civil war going on in my country Sierra Leone.
Before the death of my father, he deposited the sum $25 million (Twenty five million USD) in a Security Company in Ghana; in the certificate of deposit I was made the next of kin.
My late father earlier instructed me not to invest the money in Africa as a whole because of the unstable political and economic situation in Africa, that I should look for trusted foreigner to be my foreign partner and beneficiary so that the fund will be invested in his/her country.
I want you to stand as my foreign partner so that both of us can invest the fund together in your country.
Please send me your private phone and fax number, as soon as you receive this mail, this will enable me send you the document relating to the deposit and the modality on how the fund will be transfer to you in your country.
For your assistance you will be entitle to 10% of the total amount, while 5% will be set aside for all the expense you incurred during the process of the transaction.
As soon as this is done, you have to prepare for concrete arrangement that will enable me join you in your country for the investment.
Try as much as possible to keep this transaction secret and confidential at this stage.
Thanks in anticipation for your kindly assistance.
This is the number you will use to reach me.+ 233-24-448-89-31