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Fraud email example:
From: racheed salam <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 22:54:41 +0100 (BST)
Subject: RESUEST FOR BUSINESS CO-OPERATION
First, I must solicit your strict confidence in this proposition, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly, confidential . I have decided to contact you after serious consideration to participate in a business transaction the value of USD38.5M.
My name is Racheed Salam. I work with one of the leading private and offshore banks in the Isle of Man .The Proposition: On January 6, 1999, an Egyptian oil consultant/contractor, Mr. Youssef Genidy George, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for 24 calendar months value US$38.5M in my bank. On maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder but unfortunately we found out that he was amongst the victims of the Egypt Air Flight 990 that occurred September 1999, months after he made the deposit. Visit the site below for more news on the unfortunate tragedy.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/502503.stm Right now, my bank is at the edge of declaring the funds UNCLAIMABLE since nobody has come forward to claim the deposited money with my bank.
Mr Youssef unfortunately did not leave a beneficiary's name with my bank nor did he leave the name of his next of kin. It is in light of this that I have decided to contact you to stand in as the beneficiary of the deposited funds by the late MR Youssef. Since I work in the bank, and in my capacity, I will make you the beneficiary of the said funds. There are two options open to successfully make you the beneficiary of the deposited money. I have thought about these options very well and found out they are foolproof. More so, I have all related documents and informations about the deposit. I will provide you these options and documents upon your reply. Kindly respond with your private phone and fax numbers.
I will await your response.
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