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Fraud email example:
From: "Nicolas Bambi" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 22:15:47 +0000
Subject: Re: Urgent Attention.
Dear Valued Friend,
I MAKE THIS APPEAL WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT ANY FACTS OR OPINION EXPRESSED BY ME ARE GIVEN IN CONFIDENCE AND SOLELY FOR YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND USE.
I am Mr. Nicolas Bambi, the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department of my Bank here in Dakar, Senegal. In my department I discovered an abandoned savings belonging to one of our foreign customers from october 1997 to march 2001 totalling US$4.283M, (Four Million, two hundred and eighty three thousand US Dollars). On maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got no reply. After months I sent a reminder and finally I discovered from his contract employers that he died in an automobile accident. After his demise, nobody showed up as his relation to claim the money he deposited in our bank.
The banking laws and guidelines here stipulate that if such money remains unclaimed after three years, the money will be transfered into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.The money had stayed for more than three years and I have prepared documentation to prove that this money has been transfered to our bank treasury. It is between you and I only that know this money is not transfered into the bank treasury after all.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I am now searching for a reliable foreigner to go into partnership with in retrieving the money in question from the bank which had been left unclaimed by the deceased relations. I will present your name as the next of kin or nearest relation to the deceased depositor for our bank to release this money to you for subsequent disbursement between you and I since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.
The request for a foreigner as next of kin in this transaction is occasioned by the fact that the deceased depositor was a foreigner and only a foreigner can make claims or stand as a beneficiary for the purpose of transferring the money out of Senegal. I have secured some important documents that would be required by the bank to release this money to you. The bank authority will want from you some true documents of the deceased depositor that you are the true beneficiary of this money. To prove this, I have arranged with the deceased private Lawyer who has all the original documents relating to this transaction which will be amended to reflect your name as the true beneficiary of this money. Be rest assured that there is no risk involved in this transaction as everything has been arranged for smooth transfer. I am in the bank to work out everything in your favour. This is a life time opportunity one could not miss.
In appreciation of your assistance, I am offering you 30% of the total sum. 5% for contingencies (cost of transfer/other charges) likely to be incurred during the course of transaction, 55% is for me, while the remaining 10% will be donated to charity organizations jointly nominated by you and I as a contribution to humanitarian service.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of the application which you will forward to our bank asking for this money to be paid to you as the next of kin to the deceased depositor. I want to assure you once again that other neccessary precautions had been secured for smooth transaction and trasfer based on the confidence I have as a manager and an insider in this bank.
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER MY URGENT REQUEST. WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR EASY COMMUNICATION.
Mr. Nicolas Bambi.
Tel: +(221) 554 5209.