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Fraud email example:
From: "Kabiru Turak" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2005 13:26:19 +0000
Subject: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE
It is my humble pleasure to write you this letter Irrespective of the fact
that you do not know me.
However, I am in search of a reliable and trustworthy Person that can handle
a confidential transaction of this nature.
I am BARRISTER KABIRU TAHIRU TURAK, a family lawyer to our former military
ruler, General Sani Abacha who died suddenly in power some years ago. Since
his untimely demise, the family has suffered a lot of harassment from the
regimes that succeeded him. The regime and even the present civilian
government are made up of Abacha's enemies. Recently, the wife was banned
from Traveling outside Kano State their home state as a kind of house
Although, a lot of money have been recovered from Mrs. Abacha since the
death of her husband by the Present government, there's still huge sums of
money in hard currencies that we have been able to move out Of the country
for safe keeping to the tune of US$60 Million.
This money US$60 Million is in three trunk boxes already in EUROPE, and if
you are interested, we will prepare you as the beneficiary of the total
funds, and you will share 25% of the total funds after clearance from the
Security Company. For more and detailed information about this I refer you
to this website.
It may interest you to know that recently similar transaction was carried
out with one MR. Paulo Zigalo of Milano Incorporated Italy who came to the
security company after our agreement cleared one of the boxes containing
$20million, on my arrival to Italy for our agreement this man was no where
to be seen, this is how we lost one of the box containing 20million US
dollars. So I am being careful this time.
Note, there is no risk involved in this project because l am involved, as
Abaca's confident. Therefore contact me on my Tel/fax: 234 802-3220529 or
email me email@example.com Please you should keep this transaction a
top secret and we are prepared to do more business with you pending your
approach towards this project. I await your urgent response.
BARRISTER KABIRU TAHIRU TURAK
BARRISTER KABIRU TAHIRU TURAK CHAMBERS
Legal Practitioners / Notary Public
Blk 804- Law House Building
TEL/FAX: 234 802 324 5505