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Fraud email example:
From: "Felicia Balogun" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2005 02:35:47 -0700
Subject: DEAR SIR/MADAM Confidential
DEAR SIR/MADAM ConfidentialRE: Economic Investment scheme in your country.
-----------------------------------------------I am Mrs Felicia Balogun, the wife of Nigeria Former
Inspector-General who is now standing trial for corrupt
enrichment of self in the upper court.The entire family has been thrown into total economic
hardship ranging from confiscation of assets and accounts
at home and abroad to the Federal Government of Niegria.Meanwhile, we have a total sum of usd$40m dollars (fourty
million u.s dollars) kept in a private vault in europe
only known to me and my husband which i hereby solicit
your assistance to transfer the fund into your financial
custody for economic investment scheme in your country on
our behalf under your sole ownership scheme and
supervision.Nevertheless, you will be richly generously compensated
for your assistance and services with 30% commission which
could of course be converted into a capital base for a
joint partnership economic investment scheme if you so
desire it.Futhermore, you would however furnish me with a
comprehensive personal details of yourselve as soon as
this mail for further transaction,if you are therefore
interested.This details are;your full name.your contact
addrese,your phone and fax and your marital status.I hope to hear from you without delay in the light of hope
and good will.Best Regard'sMrs Felicia Balogun.
N;T,pls reply me back to this mail.