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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 16:50:43 +0100
Subject: Good day sir
FROM THE DESK OF:
MR SAMULL BAYO
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC
I am Mr Samull Bayo Foreign Remittance Director of Intercontinental Bank
Plc cotonou in the capital city of cotonou de Benin republic.
This is a very confidential proposition for you. On November 21st 2002,a
Brazilian Oil consultant/contractor with the Benenoise Solid Minerals Corporation,Mr.Mauricio
Jose De Matos made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar
months, valued at US$8,000,000.00 (Eight Million Dollars only) in my branch.
Upon maturity on November 20th 2003 as his Credit Officer, I sent a routine
notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month,we
sent a reminder and finally i discovered from his contract employers,the
Benenoise Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr.Mauricio Jose De Matosdied
on an Air Crash.
Further investigations,and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
Again,I made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Matos did not
declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his
Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$8,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank No one will ever
come forward to claim it. According to the International Banking ethics,codes
and Laws, at the expiration of 2(Two) years, the money will revert to the
ownership of the Benin Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand
in as the next of kin to Mr.Mauricio Jose De Matos. This is simple, I will
like you to respond immediately with your full names and address so that
we will prepare the necessary documents that will put you in place as
the next of kin. A bank account in any part of the world that you will
provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the
beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for us
to share in the ratio of 70% for me and some of my colleagues who are aware
of this transaction and 25% for you and 5% for Expenses Incurred in the
course of the transaction .
There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will
be done by my colleagues and with my position as the Foreign Remmitance
Director guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction.
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.
You should observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require
your assistance to invest my share in your country.Please contact me through
this E-mail address:email@example.com
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Thanks and regards.
Mr Samull Bayo
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