Greeting from U.S Embassy, email@example.com
Scam Email received June 20, 2018 from firstname.lastname@example.org
Greeting from U.S Embassy,
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Greeting from U.S Embassy, FROM U.S EMBASSY BENIN REPUBLIC-COTONOU OFFICE HOW ARE YOU TODAY WITH YOUR FAMILY I&m Lucy Tamlyn From U.S embassy Benin Republic, I was newly appointed as ambassador to Benin Republic and in 2015 , since i resumed work i have been going round the clock to do my duty in line with the constitution of united state of america,i wanted to inform you that i saw your name in one of the files here with some payment details which you made to receive December 2015, but i was looking for your email address until i saw it on 4th of january 2018. So i decided to contact you to let you know about your fund and to know the reason why the formal ambassador Mr.Michael Raynor who left this office did not allowed you to received your fund, I decided to write you if you may still be interested to get your fund through the power of this office and i know that something went wrong or maybe they demanded so much money from you which you are unable to pay but i will try my best as a new appointed ambassador to Benin Republic and i will make sure that you receive your fund through wire transfer this time around to avoid any story again. I was so shocked when i saw your name here and you are very lucky that he did not clean away your name which means that i can still locate you through your email address and i&m so sorry for whatever has happened and how much you spent in the past but be rest assured that i will never disappoint you like Mr.Michael Raynor did. all i need from you now is to re-confirm your contact address and your bank details where you will like to receive your fund and all it will cost you is $98 to renew your Certificate of ownership with your payment file, and you are paying the$98 to the attorney who will do the work so that i can put my signature to enable you receive your $15.9m after all the delays. Please fill this with your contact details and write back to me if you are still interested to receive your fund, Your full name. Your Country and City address. Your Home address . Your age and occupation Your private phone number and sex.. Single or married I will wait to hear from you as soon as you receive this email and write back to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) PHONE :+229 66682720 Mrs Lucy Tamlyn United States Ambassador to the Republic of Benin email@example.com
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