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Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 17:18:45 +0100
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT,
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
CONTINENTAL TRUST BANK COTONOU OF AFRICA,
BENIN REPUBLIC WEST AFRICA.
TEL: 229 09 69 14.
I am Dr.Ali Kafah the director in charge of auditing and accounting section
of continental bank cotonou benin republic in west Africa with due respect
I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very
beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.During our investigation
and auditing in this bank,my department cameacross a very huge sum of money
belonging to a deceased person who died on 26th December 1998 on Airline
Transafrik International with aircraft Lockheed L-100-30 at location Vila
Nova,Angola with registration number S9-CAO while travelling with his entire
family of his wife, 2 children and a maid on a festive visit to Angola.and
since his untimely death the funds has been dormant in his account with
this Bank without any claim of the fund in our custody either from his
family or relation before our discovery to this development.
Although personally,i keep this information secret within myself and partners
to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the
time of execution.
The said amount was usd$24.1M(twenty four million one hundred thousand us
As it may interest you to know,i got your impressive information through
my good friends who works with chamber of commerce on foreign business relations
here in Cotonou-Benin.It is him who recommended your person to me to be
viable and capable to champion a business of such magnitude without any
Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide
next of kin to the deceased,get the required approval and transfer this
money to a foreignaccount has been put in place and directives and needed
information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest
and willingness to assist us and also benefit yourself to this great business
opportunity. In fact i could have done this deal alone but because of my
position in this country as a civil servant,we are not allowed to operate
a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during
the time of transfer because i work in this bank.This is the actual reason
why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as
the next of kin to the Bank and also present a foreign account where he
will need the money to be re-transferred into on his request as it may be
after due verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of
the bank where the whole money will be remitted from to your own designated
May i at this point emphasize that this transaction is 100% risk free as
i have made arrangements for a successful arrangement as an insider of the
bank before contacting you.On smooth conclusion of this transaction,you
will be entitled to 30% of the total sum agratification,while 10% will be
set aside to take care of expenses that may arise during the time of transfer
and also telephone bills,my travel ticket to come over to your country for
the sharing of the fund while 60% will be for me and my partners.
Please,you have been adviced to keep this a top secret as we are still in
service and intend to retire from service after we conclude this deal with
I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm
the money in your account and ask us to come down to your country for subsequent
sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further
investment,either in your country or any country you advice us to invest
All other necessary information will be sent to you on your acceptance to
champion this transaction with me.
I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible or you contact me on my
private line 229 09 69 14
stating your wish in this deal.
TEL: 229 09 69 14.
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THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU DO.
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