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Fraud email example:
From: toure guei <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 10:44:13 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: ACKOWLEDGE RECEIPT PLEASE
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
My name is TOURE GUEI, the son and only surving member of the of ex military/ex president of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire. My late father led an
opposition party to the present Government of COTE D`IVOIRE.
On the 19th September 2002 my father/mother including every members of our family was murdered by the unknown assasin which was supposedly sent my the president. During the time of the attack in our house by shooting
and looting,( even this is one of the things that contributed to the present crisis in our country today).
Allah so kind I was not in town when the incident occurred, the plans of the AGENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, was to kill every members of our family so that no one will be left to tell or bear witness to what happened to us . but God works in a misterious way to preserve me.
I am in our country without any one knowing although Iam on hiding so that the unknown AGENTS will not get to me and kill me like they killed all the members of our family. Why I still stay back in our country is to transfer the
$9.5M USD which my late father deposited in the custody of of one the leading Security and Safe deposit company here in Abidjan .He consealed the money in aTrunk box and deposited it as a family treasure containing AFRICAN ART WORK FOR EXPORT to a foreign partner for security reasons,
Before the death of my father he gave me the covering documents of the deposit in the security company, as I am his only son and he so much loved me that was why he usedmy name the beneficiary of the trunk box containing the said $9.5M USD.
I wish to ask for your assistance to retrieve this box from the security company and have the box shiped to your address as the foreign partner to my late father and the designated recipient of the box . You will also assist me to come over to your country so that together we shall invest the money into any profitable business of yo ur choice while I shall go back to shcool to complete my education.
Please, i want you to understand my plight and the urgent need of your assistance to help me to retrive and evacuate this boxes out as to enable me to move out of this country before the agents of the Government will locate me.
As soon as I receive your return email indicating your interest to assist me I shall further update you with how this transaction can be completed within weeks.
I am waiting for your soonest response
- toure guei