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Convid_19 Benefaction

Scam Email received January 18, 2021 from
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Convid_19 Benefaction

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Convid_19 Benefaction

Convid_19 Benefaction –

Hello Dear, My family will be pleased to receive your response. We are Frances & Patrick Connolly, who live in Moira, we recently won a lottery and as our post COVID_19 support, we have decided to make out donations to 50 lucky individuals, and organization, and we are glad to announce to you, on behalf of Frances & Patrick Connolly Family, we are donating 218,000.00 USD to you. Please you can read more about us and our donation here ( ) We decided to donate to people who can help others with our donation, and put a smile on the face of the needy. Our donation of 218,000.00 USD may not be much to you considering the amount we won but we believe it will go a long way to improving your standard of living and that of many others around your locality. We would like you to write back to us, so we can commence the transfer process and all legal documents with our attorney. Our entire household will be glad to have you as our guest after you must have received this donation officially, do this on time so that you can contact the payout bank for further directives to receive a donation.Best Wishes, Frances & Patrick Connolly.

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