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Fraud email example:
From: "yakoba usmala002" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 21:27:51 +0000
Subject: TREAT AS URGENT PLEASE DEAR FRIEND
FROM THE DESK OF DR.Yakoba Usmala
ACCOUNTS & AUDIT DEPERTMENT,
BANK OF AFRICA (BOA)
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.
I am the head of Accounts and Audit Depertment of Bank of africa,
It is my utmost pleasure to send you this confidential message.
In my seach for a reliable business patner overseas, i got your contact in
the internet and was impressed with your profile hence my interest in doing
business with you.
In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $ 20.5m US dollars
(Twenty million, five hundred thousand US dollars) . In an account that
belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire
family in november 1999 in a plane crash.
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release
it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased
as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately we learnt that all
his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the plane
crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this
discovery that I and other officials in my department now decided
to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the
next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent
disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to
go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.
The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained
Unclaimed after four years, the money will be transferred into the Bank
treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by
the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as
next of kin to a foreigner.
We agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in
respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for
expenses incurred during the business and 60 % would be for me and my
colleagues. There after I and my colleagues will visit your country for
disbursement according to the percentages indicated.
Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,
you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin
of the deceased indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your
private telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and
location where in the money will be remitted .
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of
the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this
transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of
fear as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer.
I expect that you contact me as soon as you receive this letter.
Hoping to hear from you immediately through my alternetive or contact me at
my alternative (email account at email@example.com)
Accounts & Audit Depertment ,
Bank of africa.
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