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Fraud email example:
From: "MISS. RITA NUHAN" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 14:15:14 +0100
Subject: HELP ME MY FRIEND
Kindly accept my apology for sending my mail to you. I want you to trust me and help me out in this my condition. I believe you are a highly respected personality, considering the fact that I sourced your profile from a human resource profile database on your country in the Internet.
Though, I do not know to what extent you are familiar with events and fragile political situation in Liberia but it has formed consistent headlines in the CNN, BBCnews bulletins.
My Name is Miss. Rita Nuhan 20 years old and my mother is Susan Nuhan from Liberia, a Country in West Africa, now seeking for refugee in Dakar-Senegal under the(UNHCR). The only surviving daughter and my mother a widow who is presently in Hospital in Dakar-Senegal. My late Father is Issac Nuhan Vaye, Deputy Minister of Public Works in Liberia. My Father was falsely accused of plotting to remove the then PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA CHARLES TAYLOR) from office. Without trial, Charles Taylor killed him. I am looking looking for someone who can take me as child I promise to be obedient to you and I will bring happiness to your life.
I got your contact from the Internet Search. I want you to assist me in this transaction. The deposit documents indicate me as the next of kin. Presently, I am saddled with the problem of securing a trust worthy foriegn personality to help me.
You can verify this from some of the international newspapers posted in the
web sites below:
(ii) http://www.unwire.org/UNWire/20030716/449_66 21.asp
Before my Father was killed, he moved out the sum of $5.2 million and deposited it with a Finance Company.
All that is needed is for me to instruct the Finance company to transfer the fund to your account, We will renumerate you with 20% at the end, but most of all is that I solicit your trust in this transaction.
Kindly include your Full Name, Private Telephone and Fax Numbers where you can always be reached, your Residential or Company Address to enable him send detail information/documents that will enable you receive the fund without any problem either now or in future as all modalities as been perfected.
As soon as I get your full acceptance I will forward you the contact informations of the Finance company. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I will send my picture when I hear from you. Please your urgent response is needed.
MISS. RITA NUHAN