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Fraud email example:
From: "Rebecca Garang" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:19:26 +0000
Subject: WE NEEDS YOUR HELP PLEASE
Compliments of the day.I know very much that you will be surprise to recieve my mail as we have not met before. Infact, before proceeding further, I will like to introduce my humble self to you, My names are Mrs Rebecca John Garang the widow to the late Dr John Garang of Sudan, the late leader and founder of Sudans People Liberation Movement and till death the vice president of the Republic of Sudan who was killed in plane crash on his returning home from a meeting with the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on the 30th of july 2005, and as such has left a big hole in the life of many people in my family and Country at large. As most people in Sudan knows very much that my late husband was killed by some opposition leaders in the present Goverment and all feared now that the war which has taken the lives of many people for the past 21 years now, of which my late husband was able to fought for peace in the country and was able to brought peace back into the Country before this sad event, Now as people believed that my late husband was killed by some wicked politicians in the Country, that the war might broke up the second time.
Please right now, am contacting based on the fear and danger that is looming arround my family and the country as a whole of which we do not know our fate at the moment what tomorrow might bring. In this case, I have decieded to contact you for your assistance to help us to secure and invest the money which my late husband left for us inorder to enable me and the children to have a better future ahead.
I will like to inform you that before the untimely death of my husband, he was able to deposit a total sum of 15.6m EURO ( Fifteen Million Six Hundred Thousand Euro) with the help of his friend and also our family lawyer under the custody of a security firm in Cotonou, Republic Benin in West Africa.
Actually, he deposited this money with the security firm as family treasure and they are not aware of the contents, So now that I have decieded to see that this money is been taken care of as to ensure that the family still have something to hold onto in the near future, I do therefore, seek your kind assiatance to enable us to secure and invest this money properly into any profitable business which you might advise us on either in your country or any other country of your choice where you know that it will be secured after taken hold of the money from the security firm.
Now, am contacting you now for your assitance as the whole documents related to this deposited money are with our lawyer in cotonou as i have handed him over every documents so that the enemies of my late husband will not get hold of it since the security situation here is not preditable.
On your acceptance to assist us to secure and invest the funds properly, I will hand over all your details to our lawyer for the documentations in your name as the new beneficairy of the funds and to see that both of you will get the money out and you to see that it is been secured into your account prior to the investment plans. I want you to also know that you will be given 15% of the total sum as a compensation to you for all your efforts and kindness towards the realization this project and also to this family.
I want you to also know that the heat of this crisis and the death of my husband is still hot now in my Country and as such I will prefer you keep this mail very confidential as to ensure that we successfully move the money out of Africa first .
I will give you more details as soon as i recieve your prompt reply. For more informations in relation to what I am telling you, I will advice you to check on this site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4737661.stm
Please we will like you to act fast so that upon confirmation of this project and the money gets to your country, then you can make preparation for us to leave this country as the worst thing now is even our lifes is still in danger in the hands of rebel soldiers.
Please reply only on my private email acc: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Rebecca Garang.