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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 01:54:29 -0800
I hope this e-mail wouldn't come to you as a surprise.Having gone through
your profile, I am convinced and pleased to solicit your sincere and urgent
assistance over this matter. I am Barrister Frank Achu, an Attorney to Late
Mr.Blair, a contractor with the Lagos State Government of Nigeria. My
client Late was awarded a contract worth of Twenty-Five Million United States
Dollars (25,000,000:00USD) by the Lagos state Government of Nigeria for
the maintenance and construction of roads in the states in 1999 and the
contract was fully executed by my late client.
My client has been paid Fifteen Million United States Dollars from the contract
and he was to receive the balance payment of the contract, but unfortunately
my client was involved in a fatal auto accident with his entire family on
Sagamu Express Road where he eventually lost his life and his two kids and
wife. This was in 25th of December of 2001. Sequel to the death of my client,
there is every need to present a next of kin to Lagos State Government so
that they can release the balance of his contract money. Already the CONTRACT
PAYMENT OFFICE under the Lagos State Government has contacted me that the
balance payment for the executed contract, which has been approved for payment,
is ready for collection. I am therefore asked to present the beneficiary/next
of kin for the claim of the money (draft) from their office. At this juncture,
I have decided to divert this Ten Million United States Dollars to a foreigner
who will be presented to LSG, by soliciting the assistance of a reliable
individual (A Foreigner) that will be presented as the beneficiary/next
of kin of the fund.
I will prepare all legal documents in your name as the successor /next of
kin from our Federal High Court to back up the claim on your behalf which
will enable Lagos State Government to release the money to me on your behalf
as the known next of kin to my late client. As soon as I hear your positive
response; action will commence. Please bear in mind that there is no risk
involved in this transaction, but it requires absolute sincerity and confidentiality
due to the nature of the transaction. I am willing to give you 40% of the
fund as a reward for your assistance in this transaction and all the expenses
made in the process of this claim would be reimbursed before sharing.
I will want you to respond to my email ( email@example.com ) OR through this
emails address above with your contact address and private phone number
for easy communication.
I look forward to your swift response.
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