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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 15:41:20 +0000
Subject: HELP THE ORPHANS PLEASE
HELP THE ORPHANS PLEASE
ASYLUM CAMP ABIDJAN
FROM: FRANK KONE
I am FRANK KONE the only son of late former Director of finance, CHIEF VINCENT
R. KONE Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation. I must confess my agitation
is real, and my words is my bond, in this proposal. My late father diverted
this money meant for purchase of ammunition, for my country, during the
peak of disastrous civil war in my country, now he has deposited the money
with a BANK here in Abidjan, where I am residing under political asylum
with my younger sister Mary .
Now the war in my country is over with the help of ECOMOG soldiers, the
present government of Sierra Leone has revoked the passport of all officers
who served under the former regime and now ask countries to expel such person
at the same time freeze their account and confiscate their assets, it is
on this note that I am contacting you, all I need from you is to furnish
me with your bank particulars:
1) Account name
2) Account number
3) Bank address, telephone and fax number For you to assist me transfer
this money in your private bank account, the said amount is (fifteen Million
Dollars) $15Million.I am compensating you with 20% of the total amount.
Now all my hope is banked on you and I really want to invest this money
in your country, were their is stability of Government, political and economic
welfare. Honestly I want you to believe that this transaction is real and
never a joke. My late father CHIEF VINCENT R. KONE gave me the photocopies
of the certificate of deposit issued to him by the BANK on the date of deposit,
for you to be clarify because,
I do not expose my self to anybody I see, I believe that you are able to
keep this transaction secret for me because this money is the hope of my
life, it is important.
And my late father used me the only son as the beneficiary / next of kin
on the day of deposit and also told me I need an assistance of a foreigner
with a legitimate bank Account abroad who will stand as co-beneficiary and
partner abroad to ensure a successful hitch free transfer of the fund abroad.
Please call me immediately after you must have gone through my message.Feel
free and make it urgent. Please try and negotiate for me some profitable
blue chip investment opportunities which is risky free which I can invest
with this money when it is transferred to your account, personally I am
interested in estate management and hotel business,please advise me.
Thanks and God bless
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