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Fraud email example:
From: Maryam Ibrahim <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 22:03:43 +0200
Subject: For charity.
My name is Mrs Maryam Ibrahim, widow to late Mr. Ali Ibrahim,
fomer owner of a petroleum and gas company in kuwait.
I am from KUWAIT and i am 68years old,
suffering from long time cancer of the breast.
From all indications my condition is really
deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't
live more than 2 months according to my doctors.
This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a
very bad stage. i dont want your pity but i need your trust.
My late husband died early last year from
heart attack, and during the period of our marriage
we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was
very wealthy and after his death,I inherited all his
business and wealth.The doctor has advised me that I
will not live for more than 2 months, so I have now
decided to spread all my wealth, to contribute mainly
to the development of charity in Africa, America, Asia
and Europe.am sorry if you are embarrased by my
mail.i found your e-mail address in the web
directory,and i have decided to contact you,but if
for any reason you find this mail offensive,you can
ignore it and please accept my appology.
before my late husband died he was a major oil tycoon,
in kuwait and deposited the sum of 20 million dollars
(Twenty million dollars) in a security company in europe some
years ago,thats all i have left now,i need you to collect this funds
and distribute it yourself to charity .
so that when i die my soul can rest in peace.
the funds will be entirely in hands and management.
i hope God gives you the wisdom to touch
very many lives,that is my main concern.
20% of this money will be for your time and effort,
while 80% goes to charity.
God bless you.
Mrs Maryam Ibrahim.