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Fraud email example:
From: linda johnson <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 09:09:08 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: FROM: LINDA JOHNSON
FROM: LINDA JOHNSON
AVENUE 105 RUE 12
ZONE 10 ABIDJAN
IVORY COAST,WEST AFRICA
Compliment of the season to you. I know that this letter will come to you as a surprise, with the full hope that you will bear with us to assist me in this mutual transaction that will extend our both families.
I am Mrs LINDA from FreeTown in Republique of Sierre Leone. My late husband Mr EDWARD who was into cocoa/Cotton export, died last year after a brief illness. before his dealth he deposited one trunk box containing us9.5m(Nine million five hundred thousand united states dollar) with other Family valuables with security company here in Cote d'Ivoire and registered it as art work belonging to his foreign partner who will be coming for the release and export to abroad.
Please, I want you to focus your mind in this transaction for this is risk free ,legal and Genuine business. I ask for your assistance and permission to submit your name as my late husbands foreign partner for release of this consignment and transfer/export to your country for safe keeping and investment.
I humbly ask for you to response to this email immediately with your Tel/Fax numbers to enable me forward to you the neccessary documents concerning this deposit. So as to conclude this transaction under 15 good working days.
Even as i am writing to you now,the security company does not know the real content of the box,it is only me and you that knows that the box is cash.....Do not let them know untill you receive the box in your country...
My son and I have conclude to give you 15 % of the total money after the release of this consignment for your noble assistance.And note that this is the only hope of my son and I therefore try to keep it confidential for the security of this money and our Dear life.
Waiting for your urgent response.
PLEASE SEND ALL RESPONSE TO firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs LINDA JOHNSON
- linda johnson