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Fraud email example:
From: "eric simons" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 05:35:04 -0500
Subject: WORK FROM HOME WITH EASE
How are you doing today?I hope that all is well.
Would you like to work online from home and get paid weekly ?
A.SIMONS ARTS & CRAFTS needs a book-keeper in the States,so i want to know
if you will like to work online from home and get paid weekly without
leaving or affecting your present job?
I presently run an arts galleria i inherited from my late Dad in the UK and
we need someone to work for the company as a representative/book keeper in
My company deals in the sale of Art and Craft works,sculptures and
carvings,antique artifacts and produces various clothing materials, batiks,
assorted fabrics and various traditional costumes from all over the world
and we have clients we supply weekly in the States.
My clients make payments for our supplies every week in form of Money Orders
which are not readily cashable outside the United States,so we need someone
in the States to work as our representative and assist us in processing the
payments from our clients and he would be paid a weekly salary.
ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS RECEIVE THIS PAYMENTS FROM OUR CLIENTS IN THE STATES
GET IT CASHED IN YOUR BANK THEN DEDUCT YOUR WEEKLY PAY AND FOWARD THE
BALANCE TO THE COMPANY DOWN HERE VIA WESTERN UNION/MONEY GRAM MONEY
Our payments will be issued out in your name and you get them cashed in your
bank deduct your weekly salary and forward the balance to the company via
western union/money gram money transfer.
Basically what the Company is searching for is a Representative/Book-keeper
in the States who would help to establish a medium of getting our funds from
our customers there.If you are interested in working with us we would be
very glad as inability to get our Payment in cash has posed a big problem
and has affected account reconciliation and turn over grossly.
These are legitimate transactions between our customers and our company
Representative and there is no legal risk as these are payments for goods
already bought and delivered.
We are offering 10% of whatever amount it is that you cash per week as
salary and subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to
negotiate the mode by which we will pay for your services as our official
Representative/Book-keeper in the States.
The mode we would prefer would be instant deduction of your salary from the
Amount before going ahead to send whatever is left back via Western
union/Money gram money transfer.
We are aware that you would be charged to have the money sent whatever that
would amount to is to be deducted from the balance of the funds after you
must have deducted your salary.
Please if you are interested forward the following info:
3.Full contact address( not P. O. Box).
6.A form of Photo identification.
I await your urgent response.Kindly reply to my yahoo email
CEO ASIMONS ARTS & CRAFT.