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Fraud email example:
From: "kan khan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 12:45:25 +0000
Subject: Mrs Kan Khan.
NAME: Kan Khan,
STRRET:Minitary Zone 93,
I am Mrs Kan Khan woman bassed in bagdad in iraq, i contact you for a little
assistance you can render to me.
Due to the situation here in in iraq,those of us in the business circle are
finding it very difficult to cope with the situation here,no stable
goverment,bomb explotion at strategic places every now and
then,sometimes people find it very difficult to go about their normal
to fear of being victim of terrorist attack, above all.
The crisis in iraq now has made business activities totaly parallised for
quite sometime now.for intance,no good telephone facilities,no adiquate
security,infact,all most all the basic ! infrastructure were destroyed
during the recent war in iraq,eversince then,the enveroment in iraq has
never been condusive business wise.
Please,why i need your assistance is that i have about(us$40.000.000)fourty
million united states Dollars in security company NETHERLAND. this money
was deposited by my late husband who was a major general in iraqi army in
charge of purchase and maintainance in the immediate past regime.
My intention is to move the money out of NETHERLAND and invest the money in
stock market or real estate in your country with the help of an honest
person who will work with me as my foreign associate, i want to invest most
of the money abroad to avoid lossing the money, because it is not wise doing
business in the atmosphere of fear here in iraq,that's why i am calling on
If you can honestly collaborate with me ,i am ready to pay you up to 30% of
the total amount if you can sincerely assist me to actualise this project
soon,because the situation here in iraq is very critical,the everyday bomb
explotion seems to have no end.
I wait patiently for your urgent response.
Mrs Kan Khan.