Hello Dear firstname.lastname@example.org
Scam Email received June 28, 2018 from email@example.com
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Sent from: Mrs. Grace Weston Hello Dear My name is: Engineer Mrs.Eva Danita, I am a citizen of Austria, a business woman specialized in mining of raw Gold in Africa; but now I am critically sick with esophageal cancer which has damaged almost all the cells in my body system and I will soon die according to my doctors. My late husband died in an accident with our two daughters few years ago leaving me with our only son whom is just 10 years old and he is my most concern now as he is still a child and does not know anything about live and has nobody to take care of him after I am dead; because I and my late husband does not have any relatives, we both grew up in the orphanage home and got married under orphanage as orphans. So if I die now my innocent child would be left alone in this wicked world and I do not wish to send him to any orphanage home, I want him to grow up in the hands of an individual, not orphanage. Please, i am begging you in the name of God to sincerely accept my proposal; let me instruct my bank to wire transfer my fund worth the sum of US$ 15,000,000.00 (FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS) to your account in your country immediately, then you take my son to your home and raise him as your own son. As you receive the fund into your account, you are entitled to take 30 percent and invest 70 percent for my son so that he will not suffer in his entire life. Please reply immediately with your full data if you agree to help me, so that we can arrange the transfer of the fund before anything happens to me because i will be undergoing surgery by coming week, and i do not know the fate of the surgery as the doctor has told me already that i may not survive. Please i wait to hear from you now, its a matter of urgency Yours Sincerely, Engineer. Mrs. Eva Danita IN GOD I TRUST email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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