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Fraud email example:
From: "BARR ROONEY SMITH." <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 18:00:27 +0000
From :Barrister Rooney Smith.
I am Barrister Rooney Smith (UK) the legal attorney to Senator Paul
Wellstone of the United States.
It is obvious that this proposal will not come to you as a suprise
since there are tales about the internet. but need not to worry as i
am using the only secured and confidential medium available to seek
for foreign assistance in a huge fund transfer opportunity that will
be of mutual benefit to the two of us.
This business request may seem strange, but I crave your indulgence
and pray you view it seriously as I am convinced that you would be
capable to provide me with a solution to a money transfer.
On the 25th of October 2002, my client, Senator Paul Wellstone, his
wife Sheila and daughter, and five others were involved in a fatal
Plane Crash traveling to northern Minnesota.My client Senator Paul
Wellstone died at the age of 58-year-old. He died in the midst of
one of the most hard-fought senate races of the mid-term campaign,
battling to retain a seat which the Republicans have targeted in
order to win back control of the senate.
Unfortunately they all lost their lives including other people in
the Plane.Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of
my clients extended relatives since his only dauther who he has
placed as his next of kin was also a victim but this has prooved
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his
relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but
also to no avail, hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the money valued at
about US$9.3Million (Nine Million Three Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars)lying in a bank in europe and property left behind by
my client since my search to locate any of his relatives has prooved
unsuccessful and his bank has given a mandate to me to bring fought
a member of his family or any of his next of kin to claim the money
and properties left behind by my client which if not met with will
confisticate his money and assets and send them to the banks
treasury as unclaimed since the funds are now lying in the suspence
account of the bank.
It is for this reason i write to seek your consent to present you as
the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account
valued at US$9.3Million (Nine Million Three Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) will be paid into your account and then you and I
can share the money. 55% to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for
expenses,tax as your government may require.
All necessary legal documents that will back you up in this claim
shall be prepared by me as the legal attorney and submits it to the
bank for immediate release of the money and assets to you as the
deceased next of kin .All I require of you is your honest
cooperation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as this
transaction is 100% risk free .
If you are interested, please reply immediately via my private email
address below, upon your responses, I shall provide you with more
details that will help you understand the transaction.
Please 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.
Upon your receipt of this mail message, send to me the following to
enable me start the processing of the fund transfer:
1.) Your full name and address.
2.) Your private / official telephone and fax number.
Awaiting your Urgent Reply via my private email:email@example.com
on my private telephone number: +447040116004
Thanks and God bless,
Barrister Rooney Smith