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Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 05:53:20 +0100 (MET)
Subject: PART TIME JOB OFFER WORTH AN ATTRACTIVE 10% INTEREST FOR YOU
EXCLUSIVE ART GALLERY
48 Laxely Close,
Direct Email: email@example.com
My name is Philip Mindy and I am an artist, I live in United Kingdom with my two kids,four cats, one dog and the love of my life. It is definitely a full house. I have been doing artwork since I was asmall child. That gives me about 23 years of experience. I majored in art in high school and took a few college art courses. Most of my work is done in either pencil or airbrush mixed with color pencils. I have recently added designing and creating artwork on the computer. I have been selling my art works for the last 3 years and have had a lot of my works featured on trading cards, prints and in magazines.
I am always having difficulties when it comes to selling my art works to Americans, owing to the fact that they mostly offer to pay with a USPOSTAL MONEY ORDER, which is difficult for me to cash here in The United Kingdom. And also the cost of coming to the state and getting payments is very expensive, though i am currently in urgent need of a representative in the united states who will be handling the payment by recieving them on my behalf from my American clients. It is as a result of the above that we came up with the idea of looking for a responsible and competent person(s) who will be of assistance to me in this area, whom i can entrust my payments upon and who will cash them immediately he/she recieves them and forward the Money to my chief accountant via Moneygram Or Western Union Money Transfer.
I am prepared to offer a commission of 10% to you
persons on any payments recieved and cashed, and i shall increase the
commission from time to time based on your competence and efficiency.
May i not fail to inform you that you have to assure me that any
payments you recieve will be instantly cashed and transfered
immediately,as i am just starting this set up, What the job entails is
for you to:
(A) Receive Payments on our behalf from American Debtors
(B) Cash such payments in form of Money orders or Cashiers check
(C) Transfer the monies via Moneygram Or Western Union International Money Transfer.
On acceptance of this offer please get
back to me with the following details:
(A) YOUR FULL NAMES
(B) FULL ADDRESS DETAILS
(C) HOME, WORK PHONE NUMBERS or CELL PHONE NUMBER
(E) AGREEMENT AND ACCEPTANCE OF THIS REQUEST.
(f) CURRENT EMAIL
Once I get these details I will forward them from time to time to my clients who will then issue out the payments in your favour and send it to you for cashing. This is a completely legal thing in as much as you prove your honesty by acting to instructions, people have made away with my monies in the past and i am trying to be carfeful this time around. Please get back to me immediately before i instruct that my debtors start issuing out the payments to you.
Thanks in advance.
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