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Fraud email example:
From: "Gordon Blackwell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 12:14:36 +0000
Subject: ACTUALIZING THIS GOAL
From: The Desk of Gordon Blackwell
PRIVATE E-MAIL: email@example.com
RE: YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED IN ACTUALIZING THIS GOAL
Let me start by introducing myself to you, I am Gordon Blackwell,I got your
contact during my private search in the Internet and I want to believe that
you will be very honest, committed and capable of assisting in this business
Firstly, let me explain the source of this funds and what you are expected
to do. A foreigner and an oil merchant/contractor with the government of
Netherlands, until his death, over some years ago, was a victim of Kenya
airway: bus (a310-300) flight kq430 plane crash.
The deceased, banked with us and has a closing balance as at July 2001 worth
$4.5m (Four million Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars). Which My
bank, now expects a next-of-kin to claim as the beneficiary of the funds,
efforts has been made by my Bank to get in touch with the The deceased's
Family or relative but to no avail.
Based on the perceived possibility of not being able to locate The
deceased's Family or relative and next-of-kin, the management under the
influence of our chairman and the board of directors are making arrangements
for the funds to be declared unclaimed and channeled to an unknown account.
It is based on this that I have contacted you to stand as the next-of-kin of
The deceased or relative so that the funds, will be released and paid into
your account as the beneficiary /next-of-kin to the deceased.
All documents, and proof to enable you get the funds have been carefully
worked out as I have secured from the different offices concerned for the
smooth transfer of the fund to your nominated account. It has been agreed
that the owner of the account will be compensated with 30% of the remitte.
If this proposal satisfies you, please reach me either by mail or phone: +31
64 920 8093, for more clarification about how this will be done.
NB: Reply me using my private mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
+31 64 920 8093