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Fraud email example:
From: "Luzstella Tarboda" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2005 03:53:48 -0400
Subject: PLEASE LET ME KNOW
From Mrs.Luz Stella Tarboda
Hello my dear friend,
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may
offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and
writing through this channel.I got your contact from searching for a
reliable and honest person that will assist me
safeguard fund .I was divinely inspired to pick you among other persons
found after series of prayers/fasting for Gods direction.
I am Mrs.Luz Stella Tarboda. person from Colombia undergoing medical
treatment. I was married to Dr.Castillo Tarboda who worked with Malaysia
embassy in South Africa for nine years before he died in the year 2000.We
were married for twenty years without a child. He died after a brief illness
that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again
Christians. Since his death I
decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.When my
late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $10.6 (Ten Million six
hundred thousand U.S.Dollars)with one finance/security company in
EUROPE.Presently,this money is still with the Security Company.Recently,my
Doctor told me that I have six months to live as I am terminally ill with
cancer.Though what disturbs me most is my partial paralysis. Having known my
condition I decided to donate this fund to a church/mosque or better still a
Christian/Moslem or God fearing individual that will utilize this money the
way I am going to instruct here in. I want a church/Mosque or individual
that will use it to fund churches/Mosque, orphanages and widows,also for
propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is
maintained and to also donate some part to victims of the tsunami in Asia
and the katrina hurricane in new Orleans Lousiana USA.They said blessed is
the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don't have any child
that will inherit this money and my husband's relatives are not Christians
and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be mis-used by
unbelievers.I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an
ungodly manner,hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not
afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be
in the bossom of God.If you will be of assistance please kindly indicate by
replying to this mail,I will surely appreciate and reward you for your
kindness in rendering help to a dying woman.
Mrs.Luz Stella Tarboda.