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Fraud email example:
From: "DR GODWIN" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 04:35:54 +0200
Subject: CONTACT MR TEDDY LAWSON !
*Dear Friend, *
*It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our
business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you very
much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds.*
*I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds
with the help of a new partner from South America Mr.Alfredo Gomez
Castillo.Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of
the Lady Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Financ(FMF), and
she rendered a tremendous help to us.My new partner initiated this idea and
everything worked out successfully.*
*In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds, I
have decided to compensate you with the sum of 850,000.00(USD) in a
Cashier's draft. *
*This is from my own share. I did this simply to show appreciation to you
for your kind support and assistance even though we couldn't succeed due to
some unforseen circumstances. Presently, I am in Paraguay for investment
with my own share under the advice of my partner.*
*In the light of the above, you are therefore to contact my personal
secretary in Cotonou Benin Republic his name is Mr Teddy Lawson,and do send
him your contact address where you want the draft to be sent to you. Stated
below is the contact information of my secretary: *
*Mr Teddy Lawson (**firstname.lastname@example.org* <email@example.com>*) So feel
free to get in touch with him to send the draft to you without any delay ok.
*My Best Regards,