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Fraud email example:
From: "Major Harrison Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 08:38:04 -0800
Subject: FROM: MAJOR HARRISON
I am Major B. Harrison ,a senior security officer under charles
Taylor,former Liberian President.Having got great affection and
absolute appreciation for your human and personality,I wish to contact you
absolute help to safeguard and bank this sum of $16.1m(Sixteen Million One
Hundred Thousand Dollars)into your account for me,preferably we can split
sum into three bank accounts if your account will not accommodate all the
sum.presently this money is in the security vault in Europe.
I am a senior security officer in charge of arms and ammunition of
Charles Taylor troops.I and three officers were assigned to purchase arms
ammunition in france,on getting to Ghana,we heard a news that U.S.A.
government had given an ultimatum for our president,Charles Taylor to
leave the country for a political asylum with immediate effect.
Perhaps,we saw this as a golden opportunities to divert the funds $48.4
for our personal usage,then the funds were shared among us $16.1m each.
The arrangement of sharing this money is as a result of helping
ourselves and family since our president has been sent out by U.S government
on political asylum in Nigeria.The future of my family depends on this fund
and as much as i will be very grateful if you can assist me to bank this
Note:I don't want the leadership of president Charles Taylor to have
idea of where i am and the fund.When this fund is cleared and banked in your
nominated account,i will meet with you to establish an investment with your
i am presently on political assylum in Pretoria South Africa, and my
present status does not allow me to make a trip out of my present
For your reward and expected sevices 40% will be for you,while 60% will be
my family investment.
For now, you can contact me through this email address.once we establish
contact i shall then give to you my telephone number and also give you
nformation on how to claim the funds.
May happy days & a fair future awaits you as you deserve.
Major B. Harrison.