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The message below is a typical example of a romance/marriage/friendship scam. A woman (it’s always a woman) that you’ve never heard of before tells you she likes you and wants to make friends with you. Maybe she wants to send you pictures. In the example below, you can even see how these messages are generated from a template, because somewhere along the way the scammer forgot to enter the name of a website like Facebook or MySpace, and so the scam message has a placeholder for a “(site)” to be entered later. Poor Miriam needs to practice her scamming skills!
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016
From: miriam kalia firstname.lastname@example.org
Reply-To: miriam kalia email@example.com
Hello how is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your profile at (site) I really want to have a good friendship with you. Beside i have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself in this site, since it’s a public site. Please i will like you to contact me, through my private e-mail via: (firstname.lastname@example.org) So we can get to know each other better, and i will give you my pictures and also tell you more about me OK. Yours Friend, Miriam.
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