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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 05:59:09 -0700
Subject: From: DR PAUL OSAGIE.
From: DR PAUL OSAGIE.
Bills & Exchange Manager
FIRST NATIONAL BUILDING SOCIETY
23 CREEK ROAD APAPA LAGOS.
PRIVATE AND URGENT.
I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer
of a huge sum of money from a deceased account.
I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make
anyone apprehensive and worried,
but I am assuring you that all will be well at the
end of the day. We decided to contact you due to the
urgency of this transaction.
We discovered an abandoned sum of
(Twenty Million United states Dollars) in an account
that belongs to one of our foreign customers who died
along with his entire family. Since his death, none of
his next-of-kin or relations has come forward to lay
claims to this money as the heir. 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. Upon this
discovery, we now seek your permission to have you
stand as a next of kin to the deceased as all
documentations will be carefully worked out by us for
the funds (Twenty Million United states Dollars) to be
released in your favour as the beneficiary's next of
It may interest you to note that we have secured from
the probate an order of madamus to locate any of
deceased beneficiaries. Please acknowledge receipt of
this message in acceptance of our mutual business
endeavour by furnishing me with the following;
1. Your Full Names and Address.
2. Direct Telephone and Fax numbers.
These requirements will enable us file a letter of
claim to the appropriate departments for necessary
approvals in your favour before the transfer can be
made. We shall be compensating you with 3 Million
Dollars on final conclusion of this project, while the
rest shall be for us. Your share stays with you while
the rest shall be for us for investment purposes in
If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take
undue advantage of the trust we have bestowed in you,
I await your urgent email.
please reply to my private and confidential
DR PAUL OSAGIE.
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