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Fraud email example:
From: "johnson kabila" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:17:22 +0200
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION
PLOT 101,MANDELA AVENUE
TEL; 27 83 402 3233
ATTN :THE DIRECTOR/CEO
This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not
yet met. The message could be strange but reel if you pay some attention to
it. I could have notified you about it at least for the sake of your
integrity. Please accept my sincere apologies.
In bringing this message of good will to you, I have to say that I have no
intentions of causing you any pains.
I am Mr. JOHNSON KABILA, the SON to late Laurent Kabila President of Congo
DRC who was assassinated on the 16th of January 2001 by one of his military
aides. I managed to get your contact details through The World Business
Journal, a journal of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce in South Africa
in the time I was desperately looking for a trustworthy person to assist
me in this confidential business.
On the 17th of May 1997, my late father,the President Laurent Kabila took
over the power after toppling the previous dictator, the late President
Mobutu Sese Seko. After officially taking over as Head of State on the 29th
of May 1997, my late father, President Desire Laurent Kabila, a former rebel
leader met with some Tutsi factions from the region of Goma, East of the
country with the assistance Rwandese, Ugandan and Burundese forces.
my late father, President Laurent Kabila made me in charge of purchasing
armaments in the Republic of South Africa for an amount of US$20.5 MILLIONS
(Twenty Millions Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash. That
amount of money was transferred in South Africa through diplomatic channels.
After his death, being in Johannesburg, South Africa, I decided to keep
that money for personal use. At present the money is kept in a Security
Company in Johannesburg.
I am currently and temporarily living in Johannesburg while waiting for the
appeal lodged by lawyer on my behalf to the Department of Home Affairs, for
my refugee status application. I am having difficulty getting the money
out of South Africa because the South African monetary policy is not
favorable to people like myself who have no permanent residence status.
Moreover the political climate in South Africa at the moment being so
sensitive and unstable, investing here would only limit my chances and
reduce my opportunities.
In acknowledgment of executive powers and the various business opportunities
in your country, I am requesting your assistance in helping me transfer
this money in your personal or business account. After the transfer is
accomplished, I will then follow you for subsequent investments there. For
your assistance in this transaction, I offer you 20% of the total sum for
compensation. And all other expenses you incur during this operation will be
credited to you.
If you need further details concerning this business, please do not hesitate
to contact me. All documents concerning this transaction and money will be
available to you on request I must then emphasize that this operation or
transaction is highly confidential and is to be kept as such. If this
proposal is of interest you, please provide me with private phone and fax
numbers ,and you can call me on this my phone number for more details .
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