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Fraud email example:
From: "MRS LILIAN PETERSON" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 04:05:06 +0000
Subject: IN GOOD FAITH.
From: Mrs Lilian Peterson
Demak Laut street,
I am the above named person but now undergoing
medical treatment now.
I am married to Dr.Peterson who worked with South
Africa embassy in Malaysia for nine years before
he died in the year 2000.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He
died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Before his death we were both born again Christians.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child
outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum
of$27.6Million (twenty-seven Million six hundred
thousand U.S. Dollars) with one faniance/security company.
Presently, this money is still with the Security
Company. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not
last for the next three months due to cancer problem.
Though what disturbs me most is my stroke.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this
fund to church or better still a christian individual
that will utilize this money the way I am going to
instruct here in. I want a church or individual
that will use this to fund churches, orphanages and
widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that
the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to
understand that Blessed is the hand that giveth.
I took this decision because I don't have any child
that will inherit this money and my husband relatives
are not ChristianS and I don't want my husband's hard
earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don't want
a situation where this money will be used in an
ungodly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold
I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I
know that I am going to be in the bossom of the Lord.
Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case
and I shall hold my peace. I don't need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my health,and
because of the presence of my husband's relatives
around me always. I don't want them to know about this
development. With God all things are possible. As soon
as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact
of the Finance/Security Company Europe.
I will also issue you a letter of authority
that will empower you as the original- beneficiary of
this fund. I want you and the church to always pray
for me because the lord is my shephard. My happiness
is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever
that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit
and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your
Any delay in your reply will give me room in
sourcing for a church or christian individual for this
Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I stated herein.
Hoping to hear from you.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord,
Mrs Lilian Peterson