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Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Bruno Wilson" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 12:10:34 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend
Dear Friend,I sincerely hope that after you read this mail you will respond to my call, let me start by introducing myself my name is Bruno Wilson. I am 70 years old, a British living in West Africa. I am a businessman and own two companies here in Ouagadougou, married with two children. My wife and two children died in a car accident six years ago but before this happened my business and concern for making money was all I lived for I never really cared about other values in life but since the loss of my family, I have found a new desire to assist helpless families.I have been helping orphans in motherless homes; I have donated some money to orphans in Sudan, America and some Asian countries. Before I became ill, I kept some money, Twenty Five million dollars ($25 million) to be precise in a long-term deposit account in a Security Outfit.Presently, I'm in a hospital my doctor told me I have prostate cancer that I have a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, hence I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them since the money in the Security Outfit is the last fund that I have left.Right now I am partial stranded in the hospital due to the nature of my sickness so I am appealing to you to help me collect the deposit from the Security Outfit and distribute it amongst charity organizations.I would want you to use your discretion to distribute the money and keep 20% of it for yourself. Feel free to reimburse yourself when you have the money for any cost you might have incurred during the process of collecting and distributing the money to charity organizations. May the good Lord bless you and your family.Please reply to this mail as I can only communicate through my laptop which is by my bed, as soon as I get your response I shall then give you the necessary informationís you need to collect this money.Contact me via private E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you.Mr. Bruno Wilson.
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