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Fraud email example:
From: "HELEN OTI" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:34:58 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY
MRS HELEN OTI,
22 NELSON MANDELA ROAD,
PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD. I am the above named
person from SOUTH AFRICA.
I am married to DR. JOHNSON OTI,
who worked with Canadian embassy in South Africa for nine years before he
died in the year2000. We were married for eleven years without a child. He
died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Before his death we were both born again Christians. Since his death I
decided not tore-marry or get a child out side my matrimonial home which the
Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum
of$7.5Million (seven Million five hundred thousand U.S.Dollars) with a
SECURIYCOMPANY in Europe.
Presently, this money is still under the safe keeping of the Reserve
SECURITY COMPANY Recently, my Doctor told me that I would notlast for the
next SEVEN months due to my cancer problemsThough what disturbs me most is
my stroke. Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to
church or better still a Christian individual That will utilize this money
the way I am going to instruct here in.
I want a church that will use this fund on, orphanages and widows
propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is
The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took
this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money
and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don'twant my husband's
hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don't want a situation
where this money will be used in an ungodly manner.
Hence the reasons for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death
hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of
the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall
hold my peace. I don't need any telephone communication in this regard
because of my health because of the presence of my husband's relatives
around me always. I don't want them to know about this development.
With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I will
forward your personal information to the security company in Europe so that
they will contact you as the legal owner of this fund before transferring
the fund into your nominated Bank Account in your country.
I will also issue you a letter of a authority that will empower you as the
original- beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always pray
for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life
of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him
in spirit and truth. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I
stated herein. Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Helen Oti.