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Fraud email example:
From: "george lambert" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 12:27:23 +0000
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL PROPOSAL
From: Hor.Barrister george lambert.
G.G & Associates,
Financial Accredited Attorney,
I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise,please accept the
content in good faith. I do notintend to cause any grief to you and your
family. The reason for sending this mail is very fundamental to the doctrine
of human privileges and right. My name is Barrister george lambert. A legal
practitioner and thepersonal Attorney to late Mr. Morris Thompson, a
national of America On the 31st of July 2000, my client, his wife and their
two Children died in the Air France concord plane crash bound for New York
in their plan for a world cruise.
I am convinced that it was the grace of God that made me to locate you. My
client was a successful and is an accomplished family man, who made enough
fortune before his untimely death. Since then I had made several inquiries
to locate any of my clients extended relative but this exercise has proved
unsuccessful. My late client was an influential wealthy businessman, an oil
magnet here in Ghana and he left behind a deposit of four Million seven
hundred United States Dollars only ($4,700,000.00usd) in his domiciliary
bank account in a International Commercial Bank here in Accra-Ghana.
After the death of my client his bankers contacted me, as his Attorney to
provide his next of kin who should inherit his funds. The board of directors
of his bank adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of
kin for the payment of this money within 48 working days or forfeit the
money to the bank as abandoned money. The bankers had planned to invoke the
abandoned property decree of 1996 to confiscate the funds after the
expiration of the period given to me.
Fortunately, I came across your contact through an internet search so that I
will make you the Next of Kin irrespective the nationality, colour, race or
even tribe being convinced that you might provide clue to my search, I
therefore, decided to contact you with these facts before me. By virtue of
my closeness to the deceased and his immediate family, I am very much aware
of my client financial standing and the bank account he operates.
I have reasoned very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to
present you as the next of kin of my deceased client, so that you can be
paid the funds left in his bank account. I therefore seek your consent to
present you as the Next of Kin to the deceased since the establishment of
the Next of Kin are at my advantage, that the proceeds of this Bank Account
valued at $4.7 Million Dollars can be paid to you. We shall both share the
funds. 35% for you and 60% for me, while 5% should be for Expenses or your
Government may require Taxes. I shall assemble the necessary Legal Documents
at my reach that will be used to back up our claim with your assistance.
All I require is your honest cooperation and utmost confidentiality to
enable us sees this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
Barrister george lambert.
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