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Fraud email example:
From: "Judith Okon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 17:19:02 +0200
Subject: RESPONSD ASAP
From: Mrs. Judith Okon
11 Elwil Centre,
14 Caledon Street,
7130, Somerset West,
With warm heart I offer my friendship, and greetings,
and I hope this mail meets you in good health.
However strange or surprising this contact might seem
to you as we have not met personally or had any
dealings in the past, I humbly ask that you take due
consideration of its importance and the immense
benefit it will be to you and I.
After careful consideration with my children, we
resolved to contact you for your most needed
assistance in this manner. I duly apologize for
infringing on your privacy if this contact is not
acceptable to you, as I make this proposal to you as a
person of integrity. I got your contacts through my
personal research and out of desperation decided to
reach you through this medium.
First and foremost I wish to introduce myself properly
to you. My name is Mrs.Judith Okon, mother of three.
My husband, Mr. Jeff Okon,died whilst on an official
trip to Europe last year.
After his death, I was contacted as next of kin by a
private security firm in Europe to come forth with the
Certificate of Deposit and claim a safety deposit my
husband has in their Vault in his name.
I went through his library collection and to my
astonishment I discovered a Certificate of Deposit for
the safety deposit with this private security firm,
and other documents relating to the safety deposit.
The safety deposit which is in a trunk contains the
sum of $18,000,000 which was generated from cash
payments from his business associates in the diamond
trade from Antwerp, Belgium. Though I knew my late
husband was in the diamond business, I did not have
the knowledge that he moved funds in cash.
This has came as a shock to me and my children, and we
have decided to have this fund invested immediately in
commercial and residential properties abroad as well
as profitable ventures, as no member of my family can
hold such a huge amount in our name, hence we
sincerely propose to you to render us your most needed
assistance in this regard.
If you agree to render us your assistance, your role
in this project will be to act on my behalf as a
trustee to receive the safety deposit containing the
funds from the Security firm. Though I believe this
transaction should be based on mutual benefit and
For your reliable assistance, we are offering you 20%
of the funds. I thank you in advance as we anticipate
your assistance in enabling us achieve this goal.
I will be working with you for a mutual conclusion of
the process and I look forward to a long lasting
business relationship with you.
Whether or not you are interested in assisting us
please let us know. This will enable us make
alternative plans, in the event of non-interest on
With warm regards,
Mrs. Judith Okon.
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