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Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 14:03:38 -0700
Subject: NEXT OF KIN
From the office of:
Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim
50 Sapele Road, Warri
NEXT OF KIN
I am Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim ,a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney
to Engineer Michael Gordon, a national of your country,who used to work with
Shell Development company in Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to
as my client.On the 21st of April 1999,my client,his wife and their three
children were involved in a car accident along Kano-Sokoto express Road while
arriving from Easter Holidays to Warri Delta state.
All occupant of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I have
made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my clients extended
relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.I have also visited your country
in search of his relatives but still could not locate his relations.After
these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you to locate any
member of his family hence I contacted you.I am contacting you to assist
repatriating the money and properties left behind by my client before they
get confisticated or declared unserviceable by his Bank where, These huge
deposits were lodged. Particularly, The Standard Trust Bank where the deceased
had an Account valued to about $USD30,million dollars has issued me a notice
to provide the next of kin or have the Account confisticated within 10 working
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over two years
now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased
so that the proceed of this Account valued at $USDm30,million dollars can
be paid to you and then you and me can share the money 70% to me and 30%
to you. I have all necessary legal document that can be used to back up any
claim we may make.
All I require his your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this business
successful.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law of my country and your country.
Expecting to here from you soonest on my Email email@example.com
Barriter Jimoh Ibrahim.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
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