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Fraud email example:
From: "JOHN EVANS ." <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 02:24:25 +0000
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL PROPOSAL....PLEASE DO REPLY......
Bills and Exchange
Standard Chartered Bank
My dear friend,
First I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue
of it's nature as being
utterly confidential and top secret.Though I know that a transaction of this
will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring that this is
real and genuine.
I am the director, bills and exchange at the foreign remittance department
of the Standard Chartered Bank London. I came to know you in my private
search for a reliable and reputable person to handle this Confidential
Transaction,which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign
account requiring maximum confidence.
We discovered an abandoned sum of US$14,320,000.00 (fourteen million three
hundred and twenty thousand united states dollars) in an account that
belongs to one of our customers(Andreas Schranner ) who died along with his
wife and entire family on 25th July, 2000,Air France Concorde flight 4590
plane crash.Since his death, none of his next-of-kin or relations has come
forward to lay claims for this money as the heir.
We cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim
as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines,
unfortunately, no family member nor relative has ever appeared to claim the
said fund. Upon this discovery, we now seek your permission to
have you stand as next of kin to the deceased so that the funds (fourteen
million three hundred and twenty thousand united states dollars) can be
released and paid into your account as the beneficiary's next of kin
otherwise the fund will be returned to treasury as unclaimed funds. All
documents to enable you receivethis funds will be carefully worked out.
Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual
business endeavour by
furnishing me with the following;
1. Your name and address
2. Direct Telephone and fax numbers
3. Your Identification In Form Of Scaned International
Passport or Drivers License.
These requirements will enable us file letters of claim to the appropriate
departments for necessary
approvals in your favour before the transfer can be made. We have agreed
that our ratio of sharing will be as stated thus; On final conclusion of
this project, 65% of this shall be for us, while 25% shall be for you and
the remaining 10% shall be used to compensate either party for any expenses
incurred. Your share 25% stays while,while our 65% share shall be used for
investment purposes in your country.
For your confirmations,you can visit this website for more info:
If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the
trust we have bestowed in you, I await your urgent mail. Please reply