Re,Dear friend email@example.com
Scam Email received June 28, 2018 from Enginee@giga.ocn.ne.jp
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Re,Dear friend – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear friend, Longest time my good friend.You might find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it is indeed, a very long time. On my singular reason, I am much delighted and privileged to contact you again, after couple of years now. It takes faith, courage and God&s fearing to remember old friends and at the same time, to show gratification to them, despite circumstances that made things not to worked out as we projected then. I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction I called you for an assistance which didn&t worked out then, finally worked out by God infinite mercy. I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partner from Japan . Every thing was perfectly done because we strikes a deal with one of the Lady accountant who works with the Remittance Department of the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully. and I decided to contact you, just to let you know I have conscience as a human being and also as Christian, due to your tremendous effort and contribution to make things work out in retrospect and in appreciation of your earlier assistance to my family in receiving the Funds. I have decided to compensate you with the sum of USD$5,500,000.00. (Five million,Five hundred thousand united State of America Dollars only). Meanwhile, I must inform you that, I have been in Japan for the past five (5) months for numerous business negotiations and establishment. I decided to mail you this evening. with my sincere of heart, I have raised this US$5,500,000.00 in INTERNATIONAL ATM CARD which you will use on any ATM Machine over there to withdraw the said total amount(US$5,500,000.00). Please, you are advice to contact my Secretary, JUDE EZE on his official Telephone line: 234-708 675 8809. E-mail address: email@example.com and send your direct telephone line and your address. He will advise you further on how shipment of the ATM CARD to your Residence Address or any other way you want it. Feel free to reach him via his very e-mail address or telephone line and get your funds from him immediately Regards Enginee Egobia firstname.lastname@example.org
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