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Fraud email example:
From: marcus gamba <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 22:14:14 +0000
Subject: From Gamba's family
We need your help. I know you will be surprised to receive this mail. I am
Marcus Gamba. The son of late Mr. Sekayi Gamba, an opposition leader in Zimbabwe who died five
years ago as a result of the revolt and campaign of calamity visited on white
farmers in Zimbabwe.
Though a black man but because of his upright stand that the government
forcefully took over of farms from the investors all in the name of land
reforms was absurd and inhuman, he was viewed as an enemy and eventually
murdered by the president.
I write you in respect of my family fund that is in two trunk boxes, which is
presently in USA that I want you to assist us and stand as my foreign
beneficiary to receive the fund over there in USA, this fund am writing you
about is US$18.5 million which my late father deposited under SECURITY COMPANY
for I and my mother and Mr. Patrick Thomas who was suppose to receive this
consignment in USA, Was demanding for 50% of the amount claiming he owned the
money with my late father. My mother and I did not agree with him for any
reason and for that we to stop the delivery to him immediately, and search for
another beneficiary who can help us on this.
Mr. Patrick Thomas was my late fathers business partner in the USA and we
contacted him to help us receive the funds so that he can assist us to come
over there and start a new life and further investment of the money. We are
currently in Ghana
where we seek asylum me and my mother since the death of my father.
are prepared to give you 20% of the money for that assistance; because that was
the initial agreement we had with Mr. Patrick Thomas before greed set in his
you for your anticipated co-operation, in your reply include your telephone
number, fax number and your passport. You can contact us on this number
00233249853025 so that my mother and I can speak with you.
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