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Fraud email example:
From: "dako zuma" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 14:14:47 +0200
Subject: URGENT MONEY TRANSFER
FROM DAKO ZUMA
20 BOTHA CRESCENT,
In order to transfer out (USD 26.5 M) Twenty Six Million and Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars from African Development Bank. I have the
courage to ask you to look for a reliable and honest person who will be
capable for this important business believing that you will never let me
down either now or in future.
I am MR.DAKO ZUMA,the Chief auditor of African Development Bank ADB).There
is an account opened in this bank in 1980 and since 1990 nobody has operated
on this account again.After going through some old files in the records, I
discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be
forfeited for nothing. The owner of this account is Mr. Smith B.Andreas, a
foreigner, and a miner at kruger gold co., a geologist by profession and he
died since 1990. No other person knows about this account or any thing
concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation
proved to me as well that this company does not know anything about this
account and the amount involved is (USD 26.5M) Twenty Six Million and Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars.
I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be
approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign
account because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the
account is Mr. Smith B.Andreas he is a foreigner too. I know that this
message will come to you as a surprise as we don't know ourselves before .We
will sign an agreement, but be sure that it is real and a genuine business.
I only got your contact address from my secretary who operates computer,with
believe in God that you will never let me down in this business.you are the
only person that I have contacted in this business; so please reply urgently
so that I will inform you the next step to take immediately.
Send also your private telephone and fax number including the full details
of the account to be used for the deposit. I want us to meet face to face or
sign a binding agreement to bind us together so that you can receive this
money into a foreign account or any account of your choice where the fund
will be safe. And I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and
I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with foreign
account and foreign beneficiary. I need your full co-operation to make this
work fine because the management is ready to approve this payment to any
foreigner! , who has correct information of this account, which I will give
to you later immediately, if you are able and with capability to handle such
amount in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and
advice for our mutual benefit because this opportunity will never come again
in my life. I need truthful person in this business because I don't want to
make mistake I need your strong assurance and trust.
With my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any
foreigner's reliable account, which you can provide with assurance that this
money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for
sharing. I will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we receive
this money leaving no trace to any place. You can also come to discuss with
me face to face after which I will make this remittance in your presence and
two of us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money
going into the account.
I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately I hear from you that
you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my
position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this
money to your account with appropriate clearance forms of the ministries and
foreign exchange departments.
At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total
amount, 60% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might
have incurred during the process of transferring.
I look forward to your earliest reply.
MR. DAKO ZUMA.
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