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Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2004 00:15:01 +0000
FROM THE DESK OF MADAM SONIA IDRESA
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGEMENT
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
THE AFRICAN BANK (T A B)
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO
I am the bill and exchange manager at the foreigh remittance
department of The African Bank. I am writing, following the impressive informationn
about you through one of my friends who runs a consultancy firm in your
He assured me of your capability and reliability to champion
this business opportunity. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum
of U.S$20 m dollars (twenty million USD) in an account that belongs to one
of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in November
1998 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 some body applies for it,as next of kin or relation
to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidlines and laws, 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, I 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 I don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed
The banking law and guidine here stipulates that if such money
remained unclaimed after four years, the money will beranfered into the
bank as unclaimed bill I therefore agree that 40% of this money will be
for you as foreigner partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign account,10%
will be set aside for expenses incured during the business and 50% would
be for me. There after I 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 relation 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.
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 tansfer. You should contact me ediately as soon as
you recieve this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
MADAM SONIA IDRESA
Bill and Exchange Manager.
please contact at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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