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Fraud email example:
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?nzang=20mobutu?= <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 12:16:51 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: DEAR FRIEND HOW ARE YOU.
Ich habe eine neue E-Mail-Adresse!Ich bin jetzt unter folgender E-Mail-Adresse zu erreichen: firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM=Nzanga Joseph Mobutu
Compliments of the season and Good-Day to you my friend.
My Name is Joseph Nzanga Mobutu.I am writing you from Ghana.
Considering the fact that we have not met before,You may consider this letter as a surprise.
I am seeking for someone that will assist me with a business that has to do with my family estate which my late father left behind for us.i am contacting you base on the fact that i want someone that is not known tome and my family to assist me in this business and
this is for security reasons.
I am the son of the late Mobutu Sese seko, the former President of "ZAIRE" now democratic republic of congo .I reside in Ghana now on political asylum.I got your contact information from the internet in my search for assistance.
I want you to note that this business will benefit both of us . I am seeking for your assistance in my desire to secure the sum of Twenty-Seven Million United States Dollars (US$27,000,000.00) and also to front for me and my family in the areas of business you consider profitable.I presume you are aware there are financial dispute between my family (THE MOBUTU)and the present civilian Government. You may also have heard how a lot of my father's bank account in Switzerland and North America has been frozen.
Following the outlined reasons, I am seeking for your assistance in my desire to secure the sum of Twenty-Seven Million United States Dollars and also to front for my family in the areas of business you consider profitable.
This Boxes containing the funds have secretly been concealed and deposited with a Diplomatic Security firm Abroad through Diplomatic means where it can easily be taken delivery of by a recommended beneficiary.
The Boxes containing the funds were shipped as diplomatic items of high values and will be released to you by the Security firm based on my recommendations on that note; you will be presented as My partner who will be fronting for me and my family
in any subsequent ventures.
We as a family have decided to offer you 10% of the total fund for your assistance if you are able to help us claim the boxes, 5% for any expenses that may be incured during this transaction, and the remaining 85% for my family.
Please, I need your entire support and co-operation for the success of this business ventures, your utmost confidentiality and secrecy is highly required due to my family's present predicament.
Please indicate your interest to enable us proceed.
God Bless you and your family as you respond to this email.
Nzanga Joseph Mobutu
- nzang mobutu