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Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Mary Joosh" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 00:52:34 +0200
Subject: VERY IMPORTANT
Dear Sir/Madam,Greetings in the name of God,Pls let this not sound strange to you.i prayed and got you email id from your countrys chambers of commerce which i have been with my late huband and liked to visit once more if God will in his infinite mercies. I am Mrs Mary Joosh,I am 51 years old,i am deaf and suffering from a long time cancer of the breast which also affected my brain,from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next two months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child ,died in a fatal motor accident Before his death we were true Christians. Since his death Idecided not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $9.5million dollars with a Security Company. Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get it confisticated.Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live.It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organisation of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization,the poor and the motherless babies home where i come from.I want you God fearing,to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows. I took this decision, before i rest in peace because my time will soon be up. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security Company.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hearing from you soon.Please reply to my personal email address,( email@example.com) Waiting for our reply Yours in Christ, Mrs Mary Joosh
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