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Fraud email example:
From: anita willams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 12:56:00 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend
Greetings in the name of God,Pls let this not sound strange to you for my
only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year.
i prayed and got your email id from your country guestbook. I am MRS ANITA WILLAM from London,I am 58 years old,i am suffering from a long time cancer
of the lungs which also affected my brain,from all indication my
conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according
to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next two
months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.
I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late
husband for twenty years without a child,my husband died in a fatal motor
accident Before his death we were true believers.Since his death I decided
not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the
sum of 10million dollars with a First Inland Bank.
Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me
as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so
long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it
on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get
Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital here in Switzerland where I
have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. my doctors have
told me that I have only a few months to live.It is my last wish to see
that this money is invested to any organisation of your choice and
distributed each year among the charity organization,the poor and the
motherless babies home.
I want you as God fearing person, to also use this money to fund
church,mosque, orphanages and widows,I took this decision, before i rest
in peace because my time will so on be up.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the First
Inland Bank.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove
you as the new beneficiary of my fund.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping
to hear from you soon. NAME: __________SURNAME:__________________SEX:
_____ AGE: ______MARITAL: _______________COUNTRY: ______
CONTACT ADDRESS: ________________________PHONE NO#___________FAX
waiting for you information
reply:me through this my private email
MRS. anita willam