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Scam Email received July 2, 2018 from [westernunion506@gmail.com]

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WELCOME TO Western Union, MONEY TRANSFER AGENT BENIN REPUBLIC – [westernunion506@gmail.com]

Sent from: Mr Williams Jack WELCOME TO Western Union, MONEY TRANSFER AGENT BENIN REPUBLIC ADDRESS 24 IKUMA STREET WUSS CARRI FOUR COTONOU REPUBLIC OF BENIN WEST AFRICA Attn; beneficiary; THE TOTAL OF FUND We ARE GOING TO TRANSFER TO YOU IS $8.500.00MILLION Information reaching us from our Western Union Corporate Headquarters now, States that you only have 48hours to effect payment for the activation of your $3,500,000:00 USD to enable you to cash up your total (fund) since you are fine it difficult to make the total payment, We have decided that you can go ahead and pay only $55 for the activation fee since you are not able to come up with the total required sum of $98. Time is of the essence here. You are to pay only $55 for activation fee; we will activate your fund upon receipt of this payment to enable you receive your first $5,000:00 USD from any Western Union center around you today. Be informed that you will have to pay the balance sum of your activation upon cashing up of your first payment. i want you to use Western Union and send only $55 for the activation fee with the information Bellow. Receiver Name__________PETE NONSO country:____________ BENIN REpublic city: COTONOU. Text question:______ When. Text answer:______ today. Amount: ________$55 (M.T.C.N) ::::::::;;;;;; Sender&s name :::::::: Kindly reconfirm to me the following below information: Your full name__________________ Your address______________________ Your country_______________________ _ Your Phone number_____________________ Your ID______________________Send us the MTCN number, Send your Address immediately you pay the money and also immediately we confirm the activation fee,i will transfer you the fund today and not tomorrow. Regards yours Mr Rank Swanson For your payment please Email me On the Email Address:[westernunion506@gmail.com] I promise you as soon as we hear from you with the payment of $55 NOW as we told you to send today, we shall send your first payment of $5,000.00 for you to pick up with the information you need to receive your payment the same day you send the payment of $55 and I swear you will receive your payment immediately. Mr Rank Swanson Head Office Operations Manager. Western Union Office Department (+13174275719) [westernunion506@gmail.com]

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