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Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2006 03:36:01 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: ( PRIVATE )
It is indeed with a heart of hope that I write to seek your assistance in the context below. My name is Dr. Anthony Onah, the Director of Silver Global Security & Finance Services Limited; I decided to contact you believing that you will not disappoint me over this transaction. I have been working with this company for over sixteen years. Within this period, I have watched with meticulous precision how African Heads of State and Government functionaries have been using Silver Global Security & Finance Ltd to move large volume of funds (USD, Pounds Sterling, And French Francs) (cash) to their foreign partners and cronies. They bring in these consignments of cash and secretly declared the contents as jewelries, gold, diamonds, precious stones, and family treasures, and documents etc. Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (late), Gen. Sanni Abacha of Nigeria (late), Fode Sankoy of Sierra Leone, Savimbi late President of Angola, Felix Houphet Boigny of Cote d" Ivoire (late) Charles Taylor, Former President of Liberia, now currently facing war crime charges in the Hagues, Konan Bedie of Cote d"Ivoire (Abidjan) etc
All these people have had various consignments deposited in our office. Their foreign partners, friends and relatives are claiming most of these consignments. A lot of them are lying here unclaimed for more than two years. Nobody will ever come for them because in most cases, the Certificates of Deposits are never made available to anybody except the depositors or me since most of them are dead. I have through the instrumentality of Silver Global security & Finance re-deposited some unclaimed overstayed consignment and I am set to move them through diplomatic means to Europe where it can be claimed easily by a reliable ally.
Since the inception of the year 2005 our company's management has changed the procedure of laying claims to consignments, as soon as you are able to produce the secret information as contained in the secret file of any consignment, it will be released to you upon demand. Based on this development, I have finalized every arrangement to move consignment Ref.-no: SGSF/0016/2004/d4 Batch-no: 300047-0010-kht containing $11.5 Million. Upon your response, I will arrange on how the diplomat will convey the consignment directly to you, everything concern this transaction is risk free; I have taken necessary preventive/cautionary measures and I will use my position to facilitate this project. All the vital documents to validate this claim will be handed over to you sealed by the diplomat. I await your prompt response to enable me commence the actualization of this project.
Prueba el Nuevo Correo Terra; Seguro, rápido, fiable.