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Fraud email example:
From: "kriss bello" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 01:11:30 +0100
Subject: CAN I CONFIDE IN YOU
FROM: MR. KRISS BELLO
I have an urgent and confidential business proposal to make you.I do
seriously need your help because I am disabled from a motor accident and
cannot travel abroad on Doctors orders. I was an Oil consultant based in
the United Kingdom, and because I helped a lot of foreign Crude Oil
Companies to get Crude Oil Lifting Rights and ucrative Oil Contracts from
Nigeria, I was able to amass a fortune worth about USD30million.
On 21st December,2004, I left the UK finally with my family, and came back
to Nigeria. But because of the unfavourable political and economic climate
in Nigeria, and for security reasons, I left my money total USD30million in
a Security Safe Deposit Vault in London. On 22nd December, I and my whole
family was involved in a very bad accident on our way home to our Village at
Benin, about 700 km from Lagos, Nigeria; I lost my entire family in the
accident, and I myself fell into a coma since then I eventually recovered
from coma, and was discharged from the hospital two weeks ago. I have no
money with which to sponsor any one in Nigeria to undertake the trip for me;
in any case , my extended family here abandoned me in hospital when they
realized that the money which I came back with had been spent on hospital
bills; I am currently living on the charity of the church.
And now, I need your help to collect this money in London and invest it in a
venture abroad; I cannot bring in this money into Nigeria for fear of
the Government. If the money is properly and profitably invested abroad , I
intend to leave Nigeria permanently.Can I count on your help? If you agree
to help me,I will send you by Post/courier the ELECTRONIC CARD KEY of my
vault so that you can travel to London and open the vault; You will then
remove the money total USD30 million and transfer it to your Bank Account.
For your help and assistance,you will keep 20% of the money for your self
and keep 80% for me in safe custody until I travel to meet you and invest my
share If you agree to help me, please
reply giving me the following information:
1. Your Complete name and Street (POSTAL) address
2. Your Phone and fax number, including mobile
3. Your confidential email address
TO PREVENT THE KEY AGAINST LOSS IN TRANSIT, PLEASE KINDLY STATEYOUR CORRECT
NAME AND STREET ADDRESS THIS IS NOT A JOKE OR A HOAX! YOU WILL BE ABLE TO
CONFIRM THAT THIS EMAIL IS A GENUINE100% LEGITIMATE PROPOSAL, ONCE YOU REPLY
Once I receive your reply stating your street postal address as above, I
send you the Safe Deposit Vault Key by EXPRESS MAIL, and I will also forward
you more details of this transaction by email. Details will include the
contact details including the website of the Safe Deposit Company in London
where my money is
Mr. Kriss Bello
Plot 57 Yakubu Gowon Estate,
Garki, Abuja, Nigeria
PS: PLEASE REPLY ONLY BY THIS EMAIL; EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT
ABLE TO HELP ME, PLEASE REPLY ANYWAY AND TELL ME, SO
THAT I CAN CONTACT ANOTHER PERSON TO HELP ME
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