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Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 21:44:31 -1200
Subject: URGENT BUSINESS FOR INVESTMENT
Auditing and Accounting Unit
Foreign Operations Department
International Commercial Bank
Lagos,Nigeria West Africa.
I am Mr.Tony Taylor,one of the Directors in charge of Auditing and
Accounting section International Commercial Bank in West Africa and
also Chairman of Investigating and Auditing Department of this Bank.
With due respect and regard, I have decided to contact you on a
Business Transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us and
our families in future.
During our Investigation and Auditing in this Bank, my department came
across a very huge sum of money belonging to one Deceased Mr.Morris
Thompson 61 years,of Fairbanks, Alaska America who died on January 31st
2000 with Alaska Airlines Flight 261.You can as well confirm it by
yourself through under stated Website of the incident
and if you want to know more about the man himself, you can check
As the fund has been dormant in his account with this Bank without any
claim of the fund in our custody either from his family or relation
because he did not indicate any next of kin to this account incase of
death such as these.
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 is U.S $25.5m
(Twenty Five Million, five hundred thousand United States Dollars).As
it may interest you to know, I got your impressive information through
one of my good friends who works with Chamber of Commerce on foreign
business relations here in Lagos Nigeria though I did not disclose the
deal to him.
Meanwhile as a Senior Staff in this bank, and the Director of Auditing
and Accounting, I have in my possession all the necessary documents to
perfect this deal by making you the bonafide next of kin/Partner whom
this money will be transferred into your account.
I need your assistance and co-operation to get this deal done.
Because as a foreigner, you stand a better position to be presented
through documentation as the next of kin/Partner since the deceased is
also a foreigner,this is the reason why I could not do this deal alone
as an African and a Blackman as well.
I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free.
On smooth Conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to 35%
of the total sum as gratification,while 1% will be set aside to take
care of expenses that may arise during the time of transfer and also
telephone bills, while 64% will be for me and my partners.
Please, you have been advised to keep this "Top Secret" as we are
still in service and intend to retire from service after we conclude
this deal with you. And I assure you that this transaction will not
last more than 10 working days and you confirm the money in your
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 in.
All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear
from you. I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible stating your
wish in this deal. I am expecting your urgent reply as soon as you
receive this message.
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( God bless you And your family )
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