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Fraud email example:
From: "Progress Marvelous" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 16:05:27 +0000
IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE
FROM ROBERT SANKOH SON
FROM; Mrs. Rose SANKOH MOTHER
ABIDJAN - COTE D'IVOIRE
ATTN : THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
It took me a long time to make up my mind to let you know about this
proposal I am to introduce to you. It is because I don't want to throw
away golden opportunity I have by involving the wrong person . I do hope
that you will
not let me down because this is something that will be of mutual benefit
to both of us.
As indicated above, my name is MR Robert SANKOH son of the rebel leader
FODAY F. SANKOH former chairman of A Sierra Leonine Gold and Diamond
Corporation). My father was arrested by the present government of Mr.
TEJAN KABBAH for planing to overthrew his government.
Though, I do not know to what extend you are familiar with events and
in Sierra Leone. However, during the disturbances and prior to my father's
arrest, he gave me a certificate meant for a secret deposit he made in a
Security Company in Abidjan.
The deposit is worth $ 22,000,000 (Twenty two million US) in cash and 250
kilos of raw gold concealed and declared as containing family items . The
Security Company only know the content of one box . While none of Security
Company officials is aware of t
he real content of the second box.
According to my father, the said money was paid to the corporation by it's
overseas customers in the heat of the disturbances and the gold he made it
when he was the chairman. He made this deposit as belonging to my father's
foreign partners with the hope of converting it to his family use at the
end of the conflict. But later, he was arrested when the fracas
intensified as a result of the involvement of the UN Peace Keeping force
in Sierra Leone .
On the strength of the above, I fled to Abidjan with my mother where I am
presently residing. However I have gone to the Security Company to confirm
the deposit and inform them that my father's foreign partner is coming to
claim the consignment.
Therefore, I solicit for your assistance (hoping that you are honest and
trustworthy) in transferring the money out of Africa for business world
and also, look for somebody who can buy the gold for me. You will be
compensated adequately for your participationin this transaction. if you
are interested, I will highly appreciate your physical
presence in Abidja n for the following reasons :
1- To know each other very well
2- To sign agreement of trust
3- To see and confirm everything yourself.
4- To finalise modalities for successful transfer
of the money and gold.
For the propose of security and to guarantee hitch-free transaction, as
soon as you receive this message. You must maintain absolute
Awaiting your immediate response.
Mr. Robert Sankoh
Rose Sankoh mother