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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 12:21:41 +0000
FROM THE DESK OF DR.MALIK ALIYASHI.
AUDITIN AND ACCOUNTIN MANAGER,
BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A)
I am the AUDITIING AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) here in
Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso.In my department we discovered an abandoned sum
of USD$14m(fourtheen million united states dollars).in an account that belongs
to one of our foreign customer(MR.ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany)who
died along with his entire family in Monday,31 July,2000, in a plane crash.FOR
MORE INFORMATION VISIT THIS SITE BELOW: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm
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 unlessn
some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated
in our banking
guidlings 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 that 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 we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed
bill.The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after fours years, the money will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occassioned
by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and
a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
I agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the provision
of a foriegn account , 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during
the business and 60% would be for me Thereafter, I will visit your country
for disbursement according to the percentage indicated Therefore, to enable
the immediate transfer of this fund to you 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.Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email
the text of application .
I will not fail to bring to your notice 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 immediately as soon as you receive this letter.Trusting
to hear from you immediately.
MY PRIVATE TEL(00226 76619291.)
URGENT BUSINESS TRANSACTION AND CONFIDENCIAL.
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