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Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 22:33:54 +0200
Subject: CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY
My name is Dr MICHEAL D MARTIN, the dentist in Jomo Med. Hospital Pretoria. I am a SHEIGH. Four days ago, a woman visited the mosque and after prayers, she approached me and narrated her life story. Her name is Mrs. AMANDA.A. NKOSI and she is a member of WOMEX in Zimbabwe.
Her husband was a big farmer and victim of the crises in Zimbabwe which was as a result of a new land act reform introduced by President Robert Mugabe. As the manager of her husband farms, she keeps all important documents for her husband. Among the documents is a file containing documents her late husband used to deposit fund
with a security and finance company here in South Africa.
According to her, this money was meant for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the farms and establishments of a new farm in Swaziland.
After narrating this story, I asked her to see me the following day with the file containing fund depositing documents. When I saw the document and the amount involved USD28.2M (Twenty eight million two hundred thousand dollars). Because of my position and what is happening in the world today, I and my attorney took her to the security and finance company for verifications and we confirmed everything as genuine and original.
This woman is a refugee here in South Africa and refugees are not allowed to open bank accounts or involved in any financial
transactions in South Africa. Also this fund is in dollars and must require a foreigner for the claims.
I am writing this letter to entrust the life / future of this woman
and her family to you believing that you will not betray the trus! t and confidence I may have in you. All I am asking is your assistance to claim and transfer this fund to your bank account in your country or your overseas nominated bank account keeping this fund in your custody for this woman and her family to join you for a proper investment under your supervision.
The woman has agreed on two options of compensation for your assistance. Firstly you can choose to have a certain percentage of the money or go into partnership with her for a proper profitable investment of the money in your country. If you do not prefer a partnership, she is willing to give you 25% of the total fund. She has also mapped out 5% of the total fund for all kinds of expenses that might be incurred in the process of the transaction.
If you are willing to assist this woman, please contact me
immediately on my e-mail address above.
Dr MICHEAL D MARTIN