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Fraud email example:
From: "Rose Joseph" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:13:27 +0000
Subject: Evangelist Rose Joseph
Evangelist Rose Joseph(Widow).
Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am
Evangelist Rose Joseph, The dughter of Late Sherrif Kindimbu
from Weste Africa Nigeria.
I am 34years old,my mother is From England,while my father
is from Nigeria,I am an half cast (White Girl) I married to
Late John from England, I am now a new christian
convert,suffering from long time liver problem.
From all indications, my condition is serious and according
to my doctor it is quite obvious that I may not survive the
sickness,although as a christain,I beleive God and I know
that I will not die,I will leave to declare the glory of
God. My late Husband Late Mr.John Joseph is From England,he
and my only son was killed by his family members,because he
does not agree with them, I am presently leaving alone.Our
Lord Jesus Christ is my comforter.
After the death of my husband,I made up my mind to travel
abroad to leave the rest of my life and continue to do the
work of God as a missionary.I called our lawyer and I
instructed him to sell all my Husband properties and shares
to enable me raise some money to conitue my mission.
The lawyer sold the Shares and some of the properties and he
was able raise the sum of ($15,500,000.00(Fifteen Million
Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars)The fund is in cash,for the
safety of the fund till am able to travel out,he packaged
the fund in consignments deposited it with UNITED BANK FOR
AFRICA UBA PLC.
Presently,all the documents concerning the FUND are with me,
Now that my sickness has gone to this stage,I am scared and
I want the fund to be used for the work of God all over the
world. I have prayed and I told God to direct me to an
honest christain who will receive this fund and utilise it
for things that will glorify the name of God After my
prayers,I searched the christian site in the internet,I
found your email address and contacted you.
Please if you are interested in using this Fund for the work
of God,please send to me your private phone and fax number
full names and address to email@example.com to
enable me direct you to my late Husband lawyer for
immediate arrangement with the UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA on how
the Fund will be claimed by you on my Late Husbands Behalf
as his Next of Kin and New Beneficiary
I await to here your urgent reply.
Thanks and God bless you.
Evangelist Rose Joseph(Widow).
Pls I beg you in the name of God almighty to reply me to
firstname.lastname@example.org for security reasons.