Random email messages from people you don’t know but who want to be your friend (or even want to marry you) should always be regarded with suspicion. This is a typical example. What’s the motivation?
In general such messages are a form of advance fee fraud — the sender will initiate a correspondence, and then ask to visit, but can’t afford a plane ticket. When you send the money for the ticket she vanishes (it’s almost always a she) and is never heard from again. Note also that the “from” and “reply-to” addresses differ: that’s often (not always, but often) the hallmark of a scam.
from: Wanita Efua (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 4:48 PM
Hello How are you doing today?I hope every thing is under control ,? if so thanks be to God almighty who made it so ,My name is wanita. I come across your profiel and address in this site [deleted] i personaly became interested in being your friend even more than that ,but as time gose on we will know better , though we can not meet face to face for the moment ,but all is the same . I want you reply me now so that i can send you my pictures and tell you more about myself okay Hoping to talk to you soon ,have a nice day and ramain Bless. Regards, wanita
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