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Fraud email example:
From: Eventshk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 20:01:30 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Inquiry From David Bryan
In reply to your mail that sent to me earlier, I think
the following may interest you:
Thank you for your notification and proposal, I am
very interested in joining hands with you.
FROM: Admiral Zhou Shin Shi (©P¬P¹£), Troop 81,
People¡¦s Liberation Army
PLEASE GIVE ME AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
This is to seek your cooperation as my foreign partner
and your assistance to enable me own a property and
invest in the stable economy of your country. Accept
my apologies if this mail does not suit your personal
or business ethics.
My name is Zhou Xing Shi; I am making this venture
proposal to you in strict confidence. The money we
want to invest was acquired from an over invoiced
contract proceed. This is in my capacity as the
chairperson of the military financial committee on
foreign contracts verification and payments. Our good
fortune is that we are privy to such classified
The amount in question is 25 Million EUROs. As a
senior military personnel in the Chinese Government,
our country's prudential policy prohibits me from
operating a foreign account. If you would like to
assist me as a partner, please kindly indicate your
interest after which we shall both discuss on the
All other information to facilitate the remittance of
the funds will be revealed to you in due course. For
your assistance, you shall receive 25% of the funds to
be transferred and 5% will be set aside for all
expenses incurred by both parties. I would appreciate
if this proposal is kept confidential because of what
I have explained above. Note that you can reach me
urgently on my e-mail.
Please do indicate your direct telephone and fax
number when replying to this business proposal. I will
be calling you when necessary. In the meantime, I will
appreciate if you can make your contacts through my
A swift acknowledgement on the receipt of this mail
will be appreciated.
To show our sincerity, if you can provide us with your
bank account details, we will remit 1,000 EUROs to
your account within 3 days of reply.
Admiral Zhou Shin Shi, Troop 81, People¡¦s Liberation
NB: PLEASE TREAT AS URGENT
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