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Fraud email example:
From: "LAWYER MATHIAS" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 15:09:08 -0700
Subject: FROM: MATHIAS " LAWYER"
From: Mr. Mathias Essereke
24, avenue moe vangoula
B.p. 430 Pointe noire, Congo DR.
I am Mr. Mathias Essereke the personal attorney to the former minister of mines and hydrocarbons in Congo DR., my client, his wife and two children was killed in the Congo rebel war since then I have made several efforts to locate any of my client extended relatives, this has proved abortive after these several unsuccessful attempts I decided to trace his relatives over the internet to locate any member of his family.
My client planed to establish an investment in your country before his death occurred and he deposited diamond funds worth of us$60.5 million dollars with two different banks out side my country for investment project in your country. The banks has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin to assist in repatriating the money he left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the finance house where this hug amount is lodged.
Since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relations for over 5 month now i am seeking your consent to present you as the business partner to the deceased client to enable us take over the proceeds of this deposit amount to be paid into your nominated bank account of your choice. You and I will share the money.
If your interested in this proposal I will like us to have a meeting to enable us agree on the modalities to do the business and the sharing ratio and the method to carry out the operation. Also the meeting will give us the opportunity to know our selves and to know the roles to be played by any us. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this deal through I guarantee you that this will be execute under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
You have to assure me for your honesty and sincerely that you will not sit on this money when it is finally transferred into your nominated bank account this will enable us forge ahead immediately. Indicate your interest included your private phone/fax or cell phone number where I can reach you through this email address: EMathias@personal.ro only.
Mr. Mathias Essereke esq.