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Fraud email example:
From: "mrsmarian hassan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:30:08 -0900
Subject: COMPLIMENT, FROM MRS MARIAN HASSAN
COMPLIMENT, FROM MRS MARIAN HASSAN
I do hope my letter will not embarrass you since there was no previous
Correspondence held with you. MY Getting your address is the handwork of the
almighty God. Since then, I have been very much hopeful that you will assist
us irrespective of the fact that the present world is full ofdishonesty and
Firstly, I will wish to introduce myself. I am MRS. MARIAN HASSAN, from
Sierra Leone; I am the wife of, CPL DANTON HASSAN. My husband was the Leader
of the Revolutionary United Front until he was dethroned and arrested early
last year by President TEJAN KABBAH who later handed him over to the United
Nations war crime tribunal were he later died in detention. As a result of
this position in the government, my son (BEN HASSAN) and l tried and later
succeeded in securing some of his assets, which include mansions and
physical cash. This is to avoid The present government from confiscating his
We left Sierra Leone with the total amount US$26.5 Million (Twenty Six
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only, which we Brought
to NIGERIA and deposited same with UNION BANK PLC OF NIGERIA, as valuable
documents belonging to our foreign affiliate. After depositing the money, my
family and I were asked to leave NIGERIA and was made public on NIGERIA
National Headlines, we were left with no option than to seek refuge in my
homeland in Sierra Leone . The security company later asked me, to come and
claim the consignment immediately to avoid the money being confiscated.
I arrived here a couple of days ago and through a good contact l applied for
a refugee status as an asylum seeker, which is still pending in Foreign
Affairs Departmen t. The problem now is that because of our status, we
cannot risk moving the money without help hence I am looking for a
trustworthy partner, who can help me move this money out of NIGERIA . In
that case, I want to know if you can help me transfer the fund into your
account in your country or elsewhere since time is not on my side.
As a widow of six children I need your urgent attention to this matter. It
is true that we have neither met nor known each other before, but the
information I gathered of your credibility makes me believe that with trust
and honesty we will achieve a huge success in about a week. I will also
leave with you from NIGERIA to your country immediately the money goes into
your account. This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your
1.Your full names
3.Your direct telephone and Fax number
5.Your marital status
Based on the following informaion been provide by you My lawyer,who know all
the full details on how you will received the fund will prepare the
necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the owner
of the fund.
For your noble assistance and well assured of safeguarding the whole Fund
under your care, I will offer you 40% of the total sum, while 10% will be
set aside for expenses incurred on the cause of this transaction by both
parties, while the remaining %50 will be for me and my family. I want to
assure you that this business is completely risk free because every
arrangement has been made for a successful deal.
I expect your immediate response so that we can conclude the Transaction in
the very shortest time. It is very important that you keep this business
HIGHY CONFIDENTIAL because I do not want anything to happen to this fund.
Thanks and God bless.
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