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Fraud email example:
From: Miss Jovita Conte <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 08:07:49 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed
>From Miss Jovita Lansana Conte
I am Writing this mail with painful heart,I am Miss Jovita Lansana Conte fr=
om Republic of Guinea Conakry, presently here in Ivory Coast. I lost my fat=
her couple of weeks. My late father was a President serving=A0 until his de=
ath in my hometown=A0 Guinea Conakry. He died in the hospital after a brief=
illness when he came back from his business trip on September 2008.Before =
his death he deposited in a metal box containing the sum of ($5.5M) Five mi=
llion five hundred thousand USD in a private security company which was mea=
nt for the importation of cocoa processing machine abroad.
Note:, According to my late father the money is sealed in a trunk box and h=
e did not disclose to the security company the real content of the box to a=
void eyebrows on the box for the safety of the consignment. He declared to =
the security company that the box belongs to his foreign partner and it is =
containing Africa artworks. I want you to do me a favor to help me retrieve=
this box out of the security company's custody in your name as the foreign=
partner and invest this fund in a benefit able=A0 investment in your count=
ry for the future of my life.
Please if you are willing to assist me, indicate your interest in sending t=
o me the following=20
Your full name and address
Your marital status
Your country of Origin
Your telephone number
I will be pleased to offer to you 20% Of the total fund for your kind assis=
Thanks and God bless
Miss Jovita Lansana Conte=0A=0A=0A