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Fraud email example:
From: "ELUAMA UMUADELE" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 11:01:44 +0100
Subject: DEAR FRIEND, BE THE NEXT KIN.
FROM THE DESK OF: DR.ELUAMA UMUADELE
INLAND BANK NIGERIA PLC,
I am writing to you, following the impressive information about your
profile through the Website,and I believe in your capability and
reliability to champion this opportunity.
In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of 14million US dollars
(Fourteen million US dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customers who died along with his entire family in Otober,1997 in a
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
next of Kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release
it unless some body applies for it as next of Kin or relative to the
deceased as indicated in our banking and financial policies but unfortunately we
learnt ! that his supposed next of kin or relation died with him in the accident
leaving nobody behind to claim the money.
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 bills.
The Banking law and guide line here stipulates that if such money
remained unclaimed after seven and half years, the money will be
transferred into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request for a foreigner as next of kin in this business is
occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and an indigene
cannot stand as next of kin to the deceased family.
We agreed that 20% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in
respect to the provision! of a foreign account, 5% will be set aside for
expenses incurred during this transaction and 75 % would be for me and
Thereafter,I and my colleagues will visit your country for disbursement
according to the percentages dicated.Therefore, to enhance the immediate
transfer of this fund to you as arranged,you must apply first to the Bank as
relation or next of kin of the deceased indicating your private, telephone and
fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the
money will be remitted.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or e-mail 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. You should contact me on MY E-MAIL, as soon as you receive this letter.
I decided to contact you as you have products of interest in your part
of the world where we can invest our own perce! ntage to avoid peoples
awarenessas we are civil servants.
Note that we can conclude this operation within ten banking days. Please
keep this very confidential for obvious security reasons. Contact me for
more information confirmable before you apply if you want.
Trusting to hear from you shortly for a detailed information which are
confirmable before you can makeup your mind to apply.If however,you are
not interested,do let me know by returm mail too as I will not contact
anybody else until I hear from you.
Please direct your reply to:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Eluama Umuadele.
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