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Fraud email example:
From: "Kenneth William & Mother" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 18:02:39 +0000
Subject: I WILL WAIT FOR YOU
I know this message might be a surprise to you, May God Bless You as You Help me and my mother, My name is Kenneth William with My Mother from the republic of Sudan in Central Africa Dafur,now seeking for refuge in Cote D' Ivories l under the(UNHCR)united nation high commission for refuge with my mother.
I want you to help me and my mother to receive our money in your bank account and invest the money for me and my mother in your country and send me an air ticket for me to come and further my studies in your country and my mother be there too so that you can take care of the investment as I am 22yrs old.
I got your contact during a desperate search here in Ivory Coast for a possible investment transaction. My (late) father HON DR. CAMARA WILLIAM, who was the Former Minister of Finance and Economy in Sudan before he was assassinated by the rebbles in the capital city of Khartoum Feb 2007.
And all our properties were totally destroyed. However, we managed to escape by the help of UN Peace Keeping Boat To Ivory Coast with some of my father's documents covering $18.500.000 Million dollars (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand us dollars Only) On My Name which is presently deposited safely in a Bank here in Ivory Coast Abidjan West Africa on my name as the only Son of the Family and the Next of kin. The Bank Directors have Approved and ready to transfer the fund via key telegraphic telex transfer to our foreign partner account within 48hrs legitimate and legal as soon as you send them your bank account where the fund will be transfer with your full contact details.
i was advice to live with my mother to Cote D' Ivory Abidjan West Africa because i was the next target as the only son of my family. All the vital documents will be fax to you as our foreign partner who will receive the fund for the investment.
i hope you will not betray me and my mother because this money is all our hope since my late father died. I am giving you the offers as mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance to assist me and my mother to receive and invest this money in your country, I and my mother have decide to give you 40% of the total sum for your assistance in helping us to receive this money in your account and invest it in your country Secondly, we shall also take 5% for any miscellaneous expenses that may occurred during the transfer.
Conclusively, i wish you send me a reply immediately as soon as you receive this message so that we shall arrange on how this fund will be transfer to your country. On commencement, this transaction will take nothing less than 4
working days to be accomplished as the bank management told me and my mother in the bank. All documents covering the fund are safe and intact with us here in Ivory Coast Abidjan, I will fax or scan to you all the vital documents
Send me this info:
Full Name and Adress
I will submit the information to the bank .my mother is sending her greetings to you and your family. kindly keep this transfer secret and confidential. Contact me and my mother on this telephone number as soon as you receive this massage.
Tell + 225 064 084 73 for more email@example.com Kennethwilliam121@gmail.com
my mother is sending her greetings to you and your family. call us urgent for more detail firstname.lastname@example.org + 225 064 084 73
Thanks yours son, send me your telephone number ok and email address.
Kenneth William And Mother