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Fraud email example:
From: dandanladi <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 14:59:09 +0000
From the Desk of:
MR. DANIEL DANLADI
Cometh Bank Plc,
CREDIT AND FOREIGN BILLS DEPARTMENT
With great pleasure I,DANIEL DANLADI, Credit and Foreign Bills Manager of Cometh Bank Plc. Lagos- Nigeria is writing you in respect of a foreign customer of my bank with account number 14-255-004/Cbplc/fd WHO PERISHED IN THE PLANE CRASH OF 31 OCTOBER 1999[with EGYPTIAN AIRLINE 990]with other passengers onboard.
A member of our government trade delegation to your country gave your
impeccable profile to me. Hence I have decided to seek your cooperation, due to the sensitivity of this transaction.
I refer you to comfirm this Plane crash yourself through EGYPT AIR WEB
Since the demise of this our customer, I have personally watched the
account with keen interest to see the next of kin but all has proved
abortive as no one has come to claim his FIXED DEPOSIT fund of USD.$25million, [Twenty five million United States Dollars] which has been with my branch for a very long time. Since his death, none of his next-of-kin or relations has come forward to lay claims for this money as the heir.
It may interest you to know that I am only contacting you as a
foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local Bank account here, but can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in US Dollars. I have secured from the probate an order of madamus to locate any of deceased beneficiaries.
I have decided as a matter of urgency upon this discovery, we now
seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased.We cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
I have almost resolved to finalize this trasaction which guarantees our safety and successful transfer.With the above suggestion, It is
reliable,safe and quick for transfer process.
At the successful conclusion of this business, your goodself shall be
entitled to have 40% that is, USD$10m of the total money while I will
have 55% that is USD$13.750m and 5% that is USD$1.250m for
communications and other expenses.
I am ready to invest a reasonable percentage of mine into any viable
business you suggest as a joint partner.
Your response is highly imperative as this is a TWO-man business
I need your assistance and co-operation to this reality as I have done
my Home-work and fine tune the best way to create you as the
beneficiary to this fund.
Your percentage will also be a source of upliftment.You have
absolutely nothing to LOSE in assisting me instead, you have so much to GAIN.
I will appreciate your early reply for commencement of business.It is
absolutely important you have confidence on me. .
Contact me for acknowledgement by E-mail and whereby you are not
interested, please indicate in your reply so that I can seek for the
assistance of someone else.
Thanks for your expected co-operation and treat ASAP as your utmost
trust,honesty and confidentiality will be highly appreciated in this
Thank you and God Bless.
Manager,Cometh Bank Plc
Allen Avenue Branch,