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Fraud email example:
From: sealed1234 <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 11:18:08 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Dear Trusting Friend
From Mrs Robert Wuse,
Centre De Sante Bethesda Hospital,
Cotonou Benin Republic.
Dear Trusting Friend,
It is with tears and pains that I write this mail from my sick bed in a hospital. I believe you have never met such a condition before. My name is Mrs Robert Wuse, widow to late Mr.James Wuse, former owner of PETROLEUM AND GAS Company, here in Benin Republic.
I am 68years old, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live more than 2 months according to my doctors. This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I don't want your pity me, but I need your trust. My late husband died in December 2003 in a plane crash in Benin, (please check,
http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/12/26/benin.crash/index.html). And during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. The doctor has advised me that I will not live for more than 1 month, so I have now decided to spread all my wealth, to contribute mainly to the development of charity in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Am sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail.
I found your e-mail address as a real Child of God for over a month now that I have been praying about you to know if really you are working according to the direction of God so after all my prayers I am convince, and I have decided to contact you, but if for any reason you find this mail offensive, you can ignore it and please accept my apology before my late husband died he was a major oil tycoon, in Benin and deposited the sum of US8,000, 000.00 (Eight Million Dollars only) in abroad some years ago, That's all I have left now, I need your help to collect this funds and distribute it yourself to charity homes. So that when I die my soul will rest in peace. The funds will be entirely in hands and management hope God gives you the wisdom to touch very many lives that is my main concern. 30% of this fund will be for your time and effort, while 70% goes to charity. For more details do contact me through this account:firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you.
Mrs Robert Wuse.
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