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Fraud email example:
From: "mrs ivon tika" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:48:22 +0000
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE.
I WISH TO WRITE YOU THIS PERSONAL LETTER AND IN STRICT CONFIDENCE,
I PRAYED AND FASTED FOR YOU WOULD BE KIND ENOUGH TO TREAT AND GIVE IT MAXIMUM ATTENTION IT REQUIRES.
I,am Mrs Ivon Margai Tika the wife of late Sir Milton Margai Tika,who was murdered in cold blood with our two twin daughters by rebels sympathetic to the Sierra-Leone ,i and my son John Tika Margai inherited the sum of $18million U.S dollars from his father who was a Senior Government official before he died .
But before the war started he took all his money away and deposited it with the bank of ghana treasury department here in africa and for safe keeping and onward transfer.
But presently we want you to help us recieve this funds as our foriegn partner, We need you to stand for us before the bank as the new beneficiary of this money. .
I will be very much pleased if you can help us , i will go with my son and obtain the change of ownership and power of attorney document to your name from the high of court justice in ghana, my late husband made junior as the next of kin .
And i will want you to also sign an agreement with me so i can trust you and be sure you agree to take 20% of the money for your assistance and invest the rest with your wise advice in your country.
With this documents obtain and sign by the next of kin to this fund ,in the high court of justice here in ghana,the bank will release this money to you, without any question ,you will just tell the bank officials were you want the money to be delievered or transfered to .It may suprise you but is the truth and no one is suppose to know that we are alive and in ghana that is why you must keep this as a top secret to yourself alone,because my husband stated that the money is a contract payment for is foreign business partner.
All documents covering the funds are with me and every thing is legal according to the I.M. F money transfer law .
Please do contact me with this informations below so i can send all the documents regarding this transaction to you so you can understand wisely.
Mrs Ivon Margai Tika.