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Fraud email example:
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Harji=20Karom?= <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 04:29:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: URGENT RESPOND NEEDED PLEASE.
¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo electrónico!Ahora podés escribirme a: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dear friend, I am (Mr Harji Karom) the head of file department of Bank of Africa (B.O.A) here in Burkina Faso / Ouagadougou .In my department we discover an abandoned sum of ($11.5MEleven Million Five Hundred thousand United states Dollars) in an account that belong to one of our foreign customer who died along with his family in plane crash.It is therefore upon this discovery that i now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for the safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it. I agree that 45% of this money will be for you, and 5% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the business and 50% would be for me. Then after the money is been transferred into your account, i will visit your country for an investment under your kind control. You have to contact my bank directly as the real next of kin of this deceased account with next of kin application form.You have to send me those your information below to enable me use it and get you next of kin application form from bank, so that you will contact bank for the transfer of this money into your account. Your Full Name....Your Home Address....Your Age....Your Personal Number....Your Receiving Country....Your Occupation....I am waiting for your urgent respond to enable us proceed further for the transfer. And please reply me through this my private email@example.com .Yours faithfully Mr Harji Karom