Good day/Beneficiary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scam Email received June 30, 2018 from email@example.com
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Sent from: MoneyGram Office Address. Rue BMB 113 Akpakpa senade cotonou Benin Republic West Africa. Telephone. +229 67266083. Good day/Beneficiary: I resumed work recently in this office as director of moneygram transfer office Benin republic,This is to inform you that we want to start sending your fund of $200,000.00USD that is in this office since and you can only be receiving two times daily from us through your payment file, note that you will pay $95 only for re-activation of your payment file that back up your fund before you can receive your first payment. We have made todays payment for you via MONEY GRAM:Below is the Reference# number:62272243,But you have to pay $95 for activation of your payment file before you can be able to pick up this first payment of $2500 today.So kindly to your nearest MONEYGRAM office at your area and send the $95 with the below information to enable you pick up your first payment today. Sender name= Mrs Maria Shabangu Ref number #=62272243 Amount=$2500 Below is the information where to send the $95 Receiver name:Stanley Oma Test question:Colour Test answer:Green Country: Benin Republic Amount:$95 Waiting to hear from you soon for the release of the other payment today. Mrs Maria Shabangu Director MoneyGram Email, email@example.com +229 67266083 firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Google the details.
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