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Have you received an email from "Fred Summers", who says "he is a Canadian, living in Africa... and his father just died, leaving he a fortune, that he needs your help with!"? And what follows is a convoluted sob story of one misery after another, along with a healthy dose of gibberish, spelling errors, terrible gram, syntax and punctuation, not exactly befitting an extremely wealthy person. And now, poor bereaved "Fred Summers", needs YOUR help to ensure that the fortune is properly invested... just pretend to be a lawyer (a crime in the U.S., by the way). Odd that they'd pick a total stranger, in a foreign country to trust their money to, don't you think?
Isn't odd that this "Canadian", just happens to be in NIGERIA right now? And isn't more odd that rather than writing like a Canadian, he uses the same horrible spelling, poor grammar, moronic syntax and other illiteracies, just like a Nigerian scammer? What a coincidence... unless... do you think.... may be IS a Nigerian scammer!
Of course, it is a scam. Don't reply to it.
From: FRED SUMMERS < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2007 2:34:31 AM
Subject: PLEASE READ WITH THE KINDEST HEART OF GESTURE AND HELP PREVENT MY EMOTIONAL AGONY.
Regards to you,
PLEASE READ WITH THE KINDEST HEART OF GESTURE AND HELP PREVENT MY EMOTIONAL AGONY.
To start with,
My name is FRED SUMMERS
i'm from the CANADA, i was born and raised to a certain level in live until something happened unfortunately.
I am from a family of two kids which i happed to be the first child. Money aren't our problem cos Dad is got a lot of it.
Mum died when i was still a young boy, My brother tony summers is in my dads house in Canada.
Well to short-cut the story, Unfortunately i just got a sad news from my Dads international lawyer that my Dad has just passed away 1 week and few days ago, and that he has already willed all assest to me and my younge brother. But you know this world is full of misunderstanding and jealousy especially from the people you think you trust i. uncles and relations. All this is happening cos i'm not presently in the CANADA.
I'm a graduate of the university of Lagos where i completed my schooling as a person who likes travelling and sightseeing, who decided to complete college in AFRICA, My lawyer adviced me to get an international investor as my brother is too young to invest that huge amount of money, all am trying to say is that I want you to be of a big help to me, That is you have to be my international investor and a beneficial ending is assured to you by me. I'm tired down by the company (shell company, an oil company ) i work with now until next 3 weeks when i think i will be free, which we all know is an opportunity for my relation to gold dig me and my brother off my fathers assest. I have made a standing order to my Dad's lawyer(HON.MURPHY KELLS) to realease out the sum of $16 million USD to my brothers account in Canada,as a cheque,which he did few days ago.
My brother is too young to invest that huge amount of money So this is where you have to come in, My brother will have to send money to your account,As a business person you can help me invest the money after reducting your 25% as a beneficiary.
But first an agreement has to be signed by my lawyer(Barr.Thomas Vincent).
All you need do if willing to assist,is to reply me back as fast as now with all your questions,For more details because it's a matter of URGENCY.
Please when repling include your FULL NAME,PHONE NUMBER,HOME AND OFFICE ADDRESS,NAME OF COMPANY,LOCATION,.
MR fred summers