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Fraud email example:
From: DESMOND RHODES <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 19:38:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: MAY THE ALMIGHTY PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
MAY THE ALMIGHTY PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
As you read this; I don't want you to feel sorry for Me, because, I
believe everyone will die someday.
My name is DESMOND RHODES , a British merchant in Caribbean Island I
have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which was discovered very
late, due to my laxity in carrying for.My health. It has defiled all
forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few months to
live, according to medical experts.I have since lost my power of
speech and can only manage to write now,as that has been the only way
I am able to communicate.
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really
cared for anyone not even myself but my business. Though I am very
rich,I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only
focus on my business as that is the only thing I cared for. But now I
regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just
wanting to have or make all the money in the world.
I want the Almighty to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I
have decided to give all to charity organizations, as I want this to
be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have
distributed money to some charity organizations in the Caribbean
Island,London and Ireland. Now that my health has deteriorated so
I cannot do this my self any more. I once asked members of my family
to close one of my accounts and donate the money which I have there
to charity organization in Bulgaria, they refused and kept the money
to themselves.Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to
be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money which only few of them knows of is the huge cash
deposit that I have with a security firm.
I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to
You can reach me through my private mail :firstname.lastname@example.org
May the Almighty remain with you as you do?