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Fraud email example:
From: victor <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 16:51:20 +0100
Subject: Letter of Intent
Please forgive me if I intrude your privacy, we do not know each other
but it does not matter. what matters is transperency between us in this
deal. I am Mr Victor onyemachi an Accountant I came to know about you
in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle this
confidencial business transaction. A foreigner, Late Engr Dahlig
Michell until his death in Korean Air flight which Crashed in Guam on August
1997, banked with us here and had a closing balance of US$20.5M (Twenty
Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) which the bank unquestionably
expects it to be claimed by any available next of kin of the late
beneficiary or alternatively be donated to a discredited trust fund for Arms
and Ammunition at a National Military War College here in Nigeria.
Valuable effort have been made by our Institution to get in-touch with
any of the Michelle's family or relative but proved to no avail.it is
because of the perceived possiblity of not being able to locate any of
the late Engr. Michell's next of kin that the management under the
influence of our chairman and Members Of The Boards Of Director that an
arrangement be made for the funds to be declared Unclaimable and
subsequently be donated to the Trust Fund for Arms and Ammunition to further
Enhance the course of war in Africa and the World in General as you know
that war will eventually bring destruction to man kind. In order to avert
this negative development, I now seek your permissionto have you stand
as the Next-Of-Kin Of . Engr Dahlig Michelle so that the funds US$
20.5M (Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) would be release and
pay into your Bank Account as the Next Of Kin. Just recently the funds
was moved to one of THERE off-shore Finance Company Abroad while the
arrengment is also been made to donate the funds if no available next
of kin comes up.
This is a deal between you and I only. All Documents and proofs to
enable us get this Fund will be carefully Worked out and more so I am
Assuring you a 100% Risk Free Involvment in this deal. your share out of the
$20.5m depends on our agreement as we procceed with the deal. I will
appreciate if you send to me your age, your job type and personal
information in your reply to this mail. I will like to invest my own part of
the money in your country with your help after the transfer. If this
Proposal is all right by you then kindly get back to me by e-mail . Thanks
for your co-operation.
Mr. Victor Onyemachi