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Congratulations 2018 online email winner!!

Scam Email received June 23, 2018 from
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Congratulations 2018 online email winner!!

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Congratulations 2018 online email winner!!

Congratulations 2018 online email winner!! –

WESTERN UNION HEAD OFFICE AGB AGENCE STADE DE L AMITIE, Cotonou, Parcelle C 7 B Lot 3069 Menont COTONOU BENIN, Office Telephone: +229 962 57 886. Date 23/06/2018 Congratulations Funds Owner, We have deposited the cheque of your email winning funds ( $550,000 USD ) from Western Union department after our final meeting on Monday with the federal ministry of finance and the federal high court regarding your 2018 email winning funds, we all agreed that your cheque will be deposit in the UBA GROUP BANK for a safe keeping. Ministry of finance have paid the International Funds Transfer Permit fee for you and the federal government have approved/release your winning funds so at the moment The bank have already Credited your winning funds into a valid VISA CARD and hand it over to the Dhl Courier Post office to post it to you over there in your country to enable you to be withdrawing your money 20,000 dollars each transaction with your valid VISA CARD. Your VISA CARD worth of ( $550,000 USD ) has been deposited with Dhl Company to ship it to your address Now you have to send an email to the Dhl manager Mr Emmanuel Kalou. Below are his contact information, Mr Emmanuel Kalou Email==== Telephone +22969520780 Send your winning code number ( WU533790520572YTD ) Your Full Name, Your Phone Number & home Address to his email And instruct him to post your Visa Card Immediately. Good luck and best regards Mrs Caroline Jackson Western Union Head Branch Manager.

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