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Fraud email example:
From: "stella sigcau" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:07:14 +0000
Subject: very urgent
My name is Mrs Stella Sigcau, a mother of
three children and the Minister of Public Works in South African
since 17th June 1999 to date under the auspices of the President of
Africa MR THABO MBEKI.
You can view my profile at my website below:
After my swearing in ceremony as the Minister of Public Works in South
African Government (17th June
1999) , my husband Mr Edelebe Sigcau died while he was on an official
to Trinidad and Tobago in 2000.
After his death, I discovered that he had some funds which amounted to
sum of $40.5 Million united dollas with a finanace house in europe.
fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he
with the Government of
South Africa. Though I assisted him in getting this contract but I
knew that it was over-invoiced by him. I am afraid that the government
South Africa might start to investigate on contracts awarded from 1990
date.If they discover this money, they will confiscate it and seize his
assets here in South Africa and this will definetely affect my
career in Government.
After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for
assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of $40.5 Million
state dollas.deposited by my late husband in a consignment of two boxes
I want your assistance by recieving this consignment(fund to your
As soon as you have confirmed the fund into your account, I will send
eldest son with my Attorney tocome to your country to discuss on
However, you have to assure me that you will not elope with my fund.
kindly as a matter of urgency send me an email. Due to my sensitive
in the South African Government, I would not want you to call me on
send a fax to me. All correspondence must be by mail.
Please I do not need to remind you of the need for absolute
if this transaction must succeed.note that there is no risk involved in
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation and my regards to your family.
MRS. STELLA SIGCAU,
Minister of Public Works, South Africa.