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Fraud email example:
From: dr makume <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 00:38:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: URGENT FAMILY ASSISTANCES NEEDED
FROM:DR PETER MAKUME
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
ATTIN C.E.O & DIRECTOR MANAGER REP
My name is [Dr Peter Makume] the elder son of Mr. Robertson Makume of Zimbabwe. This might be a surprise to you about where I got your contact address. I got your address from the South African Chamber of Commerce in Johannesburg South Africa.
During the current war against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supports of our President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white
farmers to surrender all their farms to his party members and his followers.
My father is one of the best farmers in our country and because he did not support Mugabes ideas Mugabes supporters invaded my fathers farm and burnt everything in the farm, killing my father and made
away with a lot of items in my father s farm.
Before his death, my father have had deposited with one of the Security Company in Johannesburg, South Africa the sum of [US$26 Million] (Twenty Six Million United States Dollars). After his death we decided to move to the Republic of South Africa where he had deposited the money in the Security Company as valuables.
So I decided to contact overseas firm and companies that will assist me to move this money out of South Africa because as asylum seekers we are not allowed to operate any bank account within South Africa. The family have agreed to offer you 20% of the total sum for your assistance, 5% will be set aside for any expenses that may be incurred in the course of this transaction and 75% will be for me and my family to invest in
All I want you to do is to furnish me with your entire personal phone and fax numbers for easy communication. Note that this transaction is 100% risk-free and absolutely confidential.
Thanks and God bless.
As we waith for your respone
DR PETER MAKUME
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