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Fraud email example:
From: "In good faith" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 05:40:14 +0200
I am Mrs Cecy Coleman a citizen of philippine,widow
and legitimate heir to the late former Minister of
finance who was assassinated for been working with the
ex-president Joseph Estrada in philippine.
I inherited a total sum of 4 million dollars from my
late husband, The presure from my decease husband's
family for this money has compelled me to leave Manila
and have the money which is concealed in a metallic
trunk box is deposited with a security and finance
company Cote d' ivoire under a secret arrangement as a
This means that the security company does not know the
content of this box that was shipped from the
Philippine to Cote d' ivoire under a diplomatic
coverage. My purpose of asking for your assistance
boil down to the fact that I don't want my late
husband's family to be aware or name involve. and the
deposit statement of the box authorized the company to
make this box avaliable for shipment on request only
to my foreign bussiness representative, though
Hence I want you to contact the the security company
as my bussiness partner, after receiving the prove
from me to enable the company release the consigment
to you diplomatically, while I join you on the arrival
of the box.
I have recently paid all demurrage ,storage charges.
All you need to do is to help me contact the security
company and introduce yourself as my bussiness partner
to enable them do change of ownership with your name
as the beneficiary, then you request the shipment of
the box to your destination.
And as soon as Diplomatic shipping agent approved the
shipment and tell you the arrival date of the box then
I will join you to give you 20% of the money instantly
before I go on with the proposed investment in your
domain provided is secured and investment friendly.
Please if you are interested and willing to represent
me as my bussiness partner kindly write me as soon as
possible with your full name and contacts address
together with your private telephone numbers.
I awaits your urgent response.
Mrs. Cecy Coleman.