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Fraud email example:
From: jary dassi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 12:44:07 -0400
Subject: GOOD DAY,
FROM THE DESK OF:
MR JARY DASSI
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC
I am Mr Jary Dassi Foreign Remittance Director of
Intercontinental Bank Plc cotonou in the capital city of cotonou de
This is a very confidential proposition for you. On November 21st
2003,a CANADIAN Oil consultant/contractor with the Benenoise Solid
Minerals Corporation,MR.JACK LAWSON made a numbered time (Fixed)
Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$10,000,000.00 (Ten
Million Dollars only) in my branch.
Upon maturity on November 20th 2004 as his Credit Officer, I sent a
routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month,we sent a reminder and finally i is covered from his
contract employers,the Benenoise Solid Minerals Corporation that
Mr.JACK LAWSON died on an Air Crash.
Further investigations,and all attempts to trace his next of kin
Again,I made further investigation and discovered that Mr.JACK
LAWSON did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his
official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my
This sum of US$10,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank No one had
ever come forward to claim it. According to the International
Banking ethics,codes and Laws, at the expiration of 2(Two) years,
the money will revert to the ownership of the Benin Government if
nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to
stand in as the next of kin to Mr.JACK LAWSON. This is simple,I
will like you to respond immediately with your full names and
address so that we will prepare the necessary documents that will
put you in place as the next of kin.
A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will
then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the
beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account
for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 35% for you and 5%
for Expenses Incurred in the course of the transaction .
There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction
will be done and with my position as the Foreign Remmitance
Director guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and
relevant informations that will help you understand the
Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy
You should observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that
this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I
shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Mr jary dassi
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