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Fraud email example:
From: "sam tom" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 09:48:59 +0000
Subject: TSUNAMI DONATIONS
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I
everyone will die someday.
My name is Sam.L.Tom a merchant in United kingdom, I have been
diagnosed with Esophageal cancer .It has defiled all forms of medical
treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live,
to medical experts.
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared
anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was
generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my
that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this, as I
know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all
money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come
this world I would live my life a different way from ho! w I have lived
Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property
assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided
give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the
good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some
organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia, Indian and Pakistan.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself
anymore.I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts
Switzerland and distribute the money, which I have there to charity
organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan; they refused and kept the money
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended
what I have left for them. Now I want you to assist me in getting some
deposit claim and distribute to charity and people of the tsunami
The last of my money which n o one knows of is the huge Cash deposit of
$36,000.000.00 million United States dollars that I have with a
finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect
deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations. I have set aside
percent for you and for your time.
I look forward to hear from you before I contact my Attorney because my
lawyer will give you some documents and direction on how you will
contact the company of the deposit.
My private email: firstname.lastname@example.org