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Fraud email example:
From: "tony aguata" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 17:02:30 +0100 (MET)
Subject: INVESTMENT PROPOSAL
Barrister Tony Aguata,
I am Barrister Michael Tony Aguata a Solicitor at
law and the personal attorney to late Mr.Napoleon
de Gaul,a France National who used to be a private
contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development
Company in Southern Sudan, herein after shall be
referred to as my client.
On the 21st of April 2001, my client and his wife
with their three children were involved in an auto
crash, all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately
lost their lives.Since then, i have made several
enquiries with his country embassies to locate any
of my clients extended relatives, this has proved
After these several unsuccessful attempts, i decided
to contact you with this business partnership
proposal. I am contacting you to assist in
repatriating a huge amount of money left behind by
my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the Finance/Security Company where
this huge deposit was lodged.
The deceased had a deposit valued presently at $28
Million US Dollars and the Company has issued me a
notice to provide his next of Kin or Beneficiary by
Will otherwise have the account confiscated within
the next thirty official working days.
Since i have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 2 years now, i seek your consent
to present you as the next of Kin / Will Beneficiary
to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account
valued at $28 Million US dollars can be paid to you.
This will be disbursed or shared in these
percentages, 60% to me and 40% to you.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be
used to back up any claim that we are going to make.
All i require is your honest Co-operation,
Confidentiality and Trust to enable us see this
I guarantee you that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect from any
breach of the law. I apologized using this medium to
reach you for a transaction/business of this
magnitude, but this is due to the confidentiality
and prompt access reposed on this medium and please
do keep this proposal to yourself.
Once again remember that time is of great essence in
this transaction. Positive response should be
accompanied with the followings;
1. Your full names,
2. Your telephone and fax numbers,
3. Your contact address.
With the above details, i should be able to reach
you immediately with more information on how to
proceed with this transaction, i wait in
anticipation of your fullest co-operation.
Barrister Tony Aguata.
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