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Scammers often use the names of real people in their scam messages to make the messages look legitimate. It turns out that there really is a US Air Force general named Susan Helms, but she of course has nothing to do with the message below, which is a standard type of “mystery scam” message. The scammers are just using her name to try to get you on the hook so they can pick your pocket.
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016
Subject: Hello friend
How are you doing? My names are Susan Jane Helms, Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force and a former NASA Astronaut, i saw your email and decided to contact you on something important, am a woman of integrity, am not contacting you for childish games, rather i have a profitable something to share with you.
Please do not fail to contact on this email address : ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Kindly reply back.
Have a nice day as am expecting your feedback soon.
Lt General, USAF. Susan J. Helms.
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