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Fraud email example:
From: mkgfDr.Hukka Wario <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 03:43:10 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend tegi
FROM THE DESK : Amb. Dr. Hukka Wario
URGENT BUSINESS RELATION
I am Amb. Dr. Hukka Wario., a Permanent Secretary with the Office of the Vice President Kenya. I am
currently on a trade mission to the EuropeanUnion as a member of KENYAN NEPAD delegate for the
establishment of favorable tariffs regimes on the import of African agricultural products to encourage
and boost our economy. It is an agreement between my partner and me to contact somebody in this very
Sometime ago, contracts were awarded to foreign firms by the contract award committee of my
department. All contracts have since been executed and full contract values have been paid to all
contractors concerned. My Partner and I have discovered an excess payable amount, which must be
paid out immediately.The said amount will be shared between us in an agreeable percentage ratio.
We intend to apply for payment of these funds using your name as a duly certified contractor yet to be
paid. With our present positions and contacts on ground, we guarantee that this transaction will be
completed within 7 working days. Upon receipt of your positive response to assist us, I will disclose to
you pertinent details involving the transaction like the amount involved and sharing ration. It does not
matter whether or not you have a company that executes contracts. We have strong and reliable
connections and contacts, and we have no doubt that the full amount will be released if we get the
necessary foreign partner from your country to assist us.
Kindly disregard my means of contact to you, necessity and the urgency has made me do so, and i hope
you receive this message yourself. I got your contact through a member of our delegation who has been
on similar trade mission to your country.
After the successful transfer, I will immediately come over to your country and have our share put into
investment as you may advise us. We shall through our same contact, withdraw and guarantee all parties
involved to be free from any problem now or in the future. The security of this transaction is 100%.
There is no risk on both sides. Please keep this transaction as strictly confidential as possible as it
may jeopardize our chances. As serving officials, we cannot afford to put on the line what we have
achieved so far in life.
Contact me immediately through the above email address, whether or not you are interested.
If you are not, it will enable me seek for another promising partner. Send to me your direct and
confidential telephone number for us to have first hand discussion on the modalities.
I await your prompt response.
Amb. Dr. Hukka Wario
Office of the Vice President