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Fraud email example:
From: "Amina Abid" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 04:50:14 -0700
Subject: FROM YOUR SISTER
>From Amina Abid
Chase Farm Hospital
Middlesex EN2 8JL
Assalam U Alaikum,
I am AMINA ABID .I am married to Late Mallam Abid of blessed memory who is
an oil explorer in Kuwait for twelve years before he died in the
year2000.We were married for twelve years without a child.He died after
abrief illness that lasted for only four days.Before his death we were both
devoted Muslims.Since his death I too have been battling with both Cancer
and fibroid problems. When my late Husband was alive he deposited the sum
of $10million (10 Million, U.S Dollars) with a Standard Trust Finance Bank
RIGHT NOW I'M IN THE HOSPITAL, CALL ME WITH THE HOSPITAL NUMBER
PLEASE, IF YOU CALL, TELL THE HOSPITAL ATTENDANCE THAT YOU WANT TO SPEAK
WITH AMINA, THEY WILL BRING THE PHONE TO MY BED. I'M IN WARD 36 (FEMALE
WARD) WARD 3
Recently,my doctor told me that I have only six months to live due to cancer
problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.Having known my
condition I decided to donate this fund toeither a Muslem organization or
devoted Muslim individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to
instructs herein. I want this Mu slim organization or individual to use this
money in all sincerity to fund mosques, orphanages, widows, and also
propagating the word of ALLAH and to ensure that the society upholdsthe
views and belief of the Holy Quran.
The Holy Quran emphasizes so much on ALLAH'S benevolence and this has
encourage me to take the bold step.I took this decision because I don't have
any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are new
Christian's converts and I don't want a situation where this money will be
used in an Unholy manner.Hence the reasons for this bold decision. I know
that after death I will be with ALLAH the most beneficent and themost
merciful. 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 ALLAH all
things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply on
I shall give you the contact information of the Finance Company and the
country in oversea where the money was deposited. I will also issue a letter
of authority to the Standard Trust Finance Bank authorizing them that the
said fund Have being willed to you and a copy of such authorization will
be forwarded to you. I want you and the Muslim Community where you reside to
always pray for me. My happiness is that I lived a true devoted Muslims
worthy of emulation.Whoever that wants to serve ALLAH must serve him in
truth and in fairness.
Please always be prayerful all through your life.Any delay in your reply
will give room in sourcing for a Muslim organization or a devoted Muslim for
this same purpose. Until I hear from you, my dreams will rest squarely on
your shoulders.May theAlmighty ALLAH continue to guide and protect you.
Reply on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HAJIA AMINA ABID.