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Fraud email example:
From: julius <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: 23 Feb 2005 20:56:12 -0000
Subject: URGENT RESPOND REQUIRED
FROM MR. JULIUS KOFI SARFO
OFFSHORE PAYMENT OFFICER
COMMERCIAL BANK OF AFRICA,GHANA
ADDRESS: #14 NOUR NKRUMAH AVE,ACCRA,GHANA
I am Mr. Juilus Kofi Sarfo the Offshore Payment Officer at the Commercial Bank of Africa, Ghana and close friend to Late Mr. Alan Michelle of your country. First, I got your contact address through your country chamber of commerce website directory. In my files I discovered that my customer abandoned sum of US$14million (fourteen Million United states Dollars) in our bank Commercial Bank of Africa, Ghana. On a record before my department I was made to know that on the 1st of June 2002, him and his family were involved in a car accident along Kumasi-Aburi Express road.
All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace your name as his relatives because he is from same country with you.
Since I got information about his death, My office has been expecting his next of kin to come over and make claim of this money which is currently deposited in our custody because the bank cannot release it directly to me or any other person unless somebody applies for the release of it as next of kin to the deceased as indicated in our mutual agreement (Between the decease and the bank), unfortunately his supposed next of kin died along with him at the Fatal auto crash.
It therefore upon discovery the ugly news that I now decided to make business with you to direct you on how to apply with my bank, to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my friend before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank. The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that my customer was a foreigner and the next of kin died been the wife died alongside with him and also a citizen of Ghana cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the assets and huge Capital of funds left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared nserviceable by the share holders of my bank ,so that they can share his funds as dividends amongst themselves. The said Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next fourteen official working days. Because as at the time of his demise I was his accounting officer , ever since I have been nsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names, so that the proceeds of
this account can be paid to you. Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer. I have the necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.... All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
I am waiting to hear from you soon.
Please endeavor to contact me immediately through my
private e-mail Address email@example.com
Mr Julius Kofi Sarfo
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