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Fraud email example:
From: "FROM Mr Frank Eze" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 21:38:53 +0200
Subject: FROM Mr Frank Eze
FROM Mr Frank Eze
CONTINENTAL TRUST BANK BEIiN SARL
NO.25 SRrUE DE BRUNO RD
REpUBliQE DU BEIiN
00229 48 56 83
I am Mr Frank Eze a senior Manager at continental trust bank, Benin Sarl
here in Cotonou RPB. Though we have not related in the past, I am compelled
by the important nature of the opportunity at hand to contact you so
that we can explore avenues for cooperation in this mutually rewarding project.
A very wealthy deceased customer of our bank, Mr.Talbot Camara - a Sierra
Leonean and one time minister for natural resources in that country left
some large amount of money in a special domiciliary account with our bank
since his death in 1998.
In his Will, which has just been made available to us by his Lawyer and
family, he shared his other wealth located in some other bank accounts judiciously
among his family members and local welfare organizations, but requested
that the money in this account with our bank be allocated 100% to a foreign
organization or individual trustee who will utilize it strictly for charity.
In this Will also, he gave sole authority for the nomination of this foreign
trustee to . So, the choice of a foreigner for this project is in strict
compliance with the Will of the deceased account holder who believes that
the fund will be better utilized by a foreign trustee since there will be
no interference or manipulation by local authorities. Due to the exigencies
of government legislation, there became the need to acquire a Letter Of
Administration from the Cotonou Probate Registry to give legal impetus to
the execution of this Will in Cotonou. For this reason, the execution of
this WILL could not materialize until last month when the court in Cotonou
issued the final Letters Of Administration. Having secured this Letter Of
the court, the authority for the appointment of an administrator for this
fund now lies solely in my hands . In fact, we have decided to utilize only
20% of this fund for charity while reserving the rest for ourselves. After
deducting the overall cost (both
foreign and local) incurred in executing this project, whatever balance
left from the outstanding 80% will be shared equally between myself, and
the foreign partner who will assist us to receive this money as the appointed
trustee. Also, the foreign partner will receive in addition to his share,
the 20% earmarked for Charity under the strict agreement that this part
must be spent for Charity through him/her or organization in compliance
with the wish of the late customper . My reason for contacting you therefore,
solicit for your cooperation in this project so that your name or that of
your company can be used as the appointed foreign trustee to whose care
this money will be transferred. To complete the necessary procedures, there
is absolutely no risk involved as we have the copy of the Will and Letters
of Administration to back the transaction. But you must also understand
that a transaction of this nature and magnitude requires
absolute secrecy so that no one else hears about it especially, our mutual
agreement to utilize and disburse this fund as stated in the paragraph above.
If you accept to offer your cooperation for this project, please reach me
urgently through my email address to enable me give you the full schedule
of the transaction. You should also provide me with
your private telephone and fax numbers for prompt communication.
Mr Frank Eze