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Fraud email example:
From: Serena <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 05:07:54 +0800 (CST)
Subject: From Ms.Serena Boka
>From Ms.Serena Boka
Address: 23Bp Abidjan 1105
Abidjan 23Bp Cote D' Ivoire.
Request To Assist Me Transfer an inherited Money And Assist Me Come Over To Your Country To Continue My Education.
Good day and may the good Lord bless you real good.I know how surprise you will be to receive my mail because you don't know me nor have you seen me before.Please i am an orphan kindly seeking for your help.I am Serena Boka from Abidjan the economic capital of Cote D' Ivoire.Your contact information came to me during my search for a reliable God fearing person that will help me transfer an inherited fund which my late father kept for me before he died.Once again,i am Serena Boka the only issue of late Mr&Mrs Kone Boka.My mother died when i was a baby.My father was a wealthy cocoa farmer here in Abidjan before he died.My father was poisoned to death by his political partner during one of his business trip to Egypt.Meanwhile,before the death of my father at the hospital,he calmly called me and told me about the 4.2million United State dollar which he left for me at the bank for the betterment of my future.
Meanwhile,after the death of my father,my wicked uncles claimed all my father properties and sent me out of the house where i am now staying at the hotel.The good thing that happened to me is that uncle James and uncle Franklyn is not aware of the money left for me in the bank.Also, before the death of my father he told me to look for a God fearing partner who will help me transfer the money to his or her account.He used my name (Serena) as the next of kin and warned me never to seek help from any of his friends or relations.
I am kindly seeking for your help in the following ways
1)To assist me to transfer the money into your bank account.
2)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to continue my education and settle there parmanently.
I promised to give to you 20percent of the money if you will help me.Infact we don't need to discuss about percentage because you will invest the money in a good business while i continue my education in any good school over there.I don't know about schools over there so i believe that your recommendation of any school will be good by me.I will give you the bank information as soon as i hear from your words of assurance that you will not act any thing funny when the money gets into your account.I will also give you my picture for you to know me more.Thanks and may God bless you arel good.
From Serena Boka.