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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 00:15:03 +0200
Subject: David Thorburn.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
30 ST VINCENT PLACE
GLASGOW G1 2HL
My name is Mr David Thorburn , the chief operating
officer with the above Bank. I have an urgent and very confidential
business proposition for you.
On January 1, 2003, a United Arab Emirates Merchant,
Mr Abraham Zachary,
made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve
calendar months, valued
at US$20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million Dollars only)
with my bank . Upon maturity,
I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply.
After some months, we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from his
business partner that Mr. Abraham Zachary died from
an automobile accident
while on a business trip. On further investigation,
I found out that he
died without making a WILL, and all attempts to
trace his next of kin was
I therefore made further investigation and
discovered that Mr.Abraham Zachary
did not declare any next of kin or relations in all
his official documents,
including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. The
said amount is still
intact in my Bank and the interest is being rolled
over with the principal
at the end of each year. No one will ever come
forward to claim it.
I am contacting you since you are a foreigner to
stand as the next of kin
to Mr. Abraham Zachary.
I would want you to provide to send to me as a
matter of urgency
your full names and address,phone and fax numbers so
that the attorney will
prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits that will put you in place as the next of
We shall employ the services of an attorney for
drafting and notarization
of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents
and letter of probate/administration
in your favor for the transfer.
A bank account in any part of the world that you
will provide will then
facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the
The money will be paid into your account for us to
share in the ratio of
75% for me and 20% for you and 5% for Expenses
Incurred in the course of
There is no risk at all as all the paperworks for
this transaction will
be done by the attorney and with my position as a
successful execution of this transaction. If you are
reply immediately to my email box.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with
more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax
numbers for easy communication.
You should observe utmost confidentiality, and rest
assured that this transaction
would be most profitable for both of us because I
shall require your assistance
to invest my share in your country.
Thank you in anticipation of your urgent reply.
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