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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 04:46:02 +0100
From the desk of barrister john luga [esq.]
(John & associates)
solicitors and advocate
#24 brown street ikoyi
Before I start, I must first apologize for this unsolicited mail to You.
i am aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to starting
a relationship, but as time goes on you will realize the need for my action.my
name is bar. John luga, a solicitor and the personal attorney to Mr. John
Henry, a citizen of your country, who worked with an oil company in Nigeria.
here-in-after referred to as my client.on the 21st of April 2001, my client,
his wife and their four children were involved in a ghostly motor accident
along sagamu express road. My client and his entire family unfortunately
lost their lives in the accident. since then i have made several en quiries
to your embassy to locate any of my client's extended relatives, which has
proved abortive after these several unsuccessful attempts,the need to contact
My main reason for contacting you is to assist me in patriating the money
and property left behind by my client before they are confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where they are eposited/lodged.particularly the
bank. Where the deceased has a fixed sum of eighteenn million united states
dollars. the said bank has issued me a final notice to provide the next
of kin of my client or they will be left with no other choice than to confiscate
his funds, a copy of the said notice which i will fax to you on getting
since then i have been unsuccessful in locating my client's relatives for
the past 2 years now i seek your consent to present you as the next of kin
of my client going by the fact that both of you has the same nationality,
so that the said funds as stated above i.e, the sum of eighteen million
united states dollars can be paid to you instead of leaving for the bank.
We can take part of it and leave the rest to charity.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up Any claim
we may make, all i require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
arrangment through i guarantee that this will be executed under alegitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach
of the law.
Please reply me via this
Kindly give me your confidentail phone/fax numbers
so that i can fax to you all the correspondence
between the bank and me.
Barrister john luga [esq.]
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