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Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 13:46:46 +0200
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL.
FROM: MR.DON FELIX
112 PRITCHARD STREET JOHANNESBURG
ATTN: MANAGING DIRECTOR
This letter is not intending to cause you any
embarrassment in what ever form, rather an appeal for
assistance. I am the Principal Accountant attached to
the Department of Transport and Aviation here in
South Africa. I have decided to send forth this
proposal to you after due consideration. I have in
my possession the sum of US$25,5 MILLION(TWENTY FIVE
MILLION FIVE HUNDERD THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS).The
above fund, which is now in a Government suspense
account was accrued from recent contract awarded
to a foreign firm for supplies of Aviation equipments for the
upliftment of various Airport in my country for the 2010 world
cup, this falls under my department.
We are obliged to make this payment in pursuant to
the terms of our agreement
under the international monetary fund (I.M.F.) and
Paris Club dept-servicing program to pay out all
outstanding dept owed to foreign firms. I now seek
your assistance for the easy transfer of the
over-invoiced (surplus) amount as the foreign
And also in recognition of your personal executive
profile and investment opportunities available in your
country. At this juncture, I want you to stand as the
original foreign contractor to the above fund to
enable me put up a claim on the above sum. I will
manipulate and authenticate the payment to your name.
I am assuring you that it a is 100% risk free
transaction because all the necessary arrangements
have been made.Finally, I have agreed to give you 25%
of the fund due to your assistance, 5% t o be set
aside for expenses made by both sides.
While the remaining 70% will be for my investment in
your country. If satisfied with this proposal, kindly
notify me by telephone or send a fax so that I can
furnish you with more details on how the transaction
will be done. I will be with you in person before the
fund arrives in your country.
Please note that this is highly confidential and
should be treated as such.