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Fraud email example:
From: "PROCUREMENT PROCUREMENT" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 23:36:50 -0700
Subject: FROM DANIEL.
From:* DANIEL MPHO*;
Tel: +00 27 84 222 3632
Good day My Friend,
I write, asking for your indulgence in re-profiling funds to tune of
Twelve Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars*
(US$12.8m)*which we want kept safely overseas under your supervision.
In other words, we would like you to receive the said funds on our behalf.
The Funds were derived over time from a project awarded to a foreign firm
by my Department, and presently the actual contract cost have been paid to
the original project executors, leaving the balance in the tune of the
said amount which we have in principle obtained approval to remit overseas.
Kindly pardon the use of a medium as informal as this for reaching out to
you to make a request of great importance to us. Currently, I work as a
Director of Projects at The Department of Minerals & Energy here in
Pretoria. I have the authority and approval of my partners involved in this
transaction to negotiate a suitable compensation for your participation and
I propose *22.2 percent,* while we also propose that we receive *46.6
percent* and *31.2 percent* be earmarked for purposes of taxation.
This endeavor has a minimal risk factor on your part provided you treat
it with the utmost discretion. You are advised to reach me through
e-mail correspondence at email@example.com.
I am available via email to discuss further with you. I am looking forward
to hearing from you immediately.
*+00 27 84 222 3632*
*+00 27 86 617 8662*