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Fraud email example:
From: "AIKEY ODUOZA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 02:51:15 +0000
Subject: REPLY NEEDED
FROM: MR. AIKEY ODUOZA
My Dear friend,
Having gotten your contact details through the Internet, coupled with my
deep interest to invest in your country, I decided to contact and solicit
your mutual assistance.
I am MR. AIKEY ODUOZA a Banker in one of the leading Commercial Banks here
in Nigeria.One MR M.HANSON and his wife. died in a ghastly motor accident
while on a business trip on the 24th of August 2002.The said couple had no
children and any known relative and was about 63years old before their
death. He never identified with anybody as his relative and investigation
made could not trace any known relative of the late couple.
Before his death, he made a numbered time Fixed Deposit,valued of
$12,755,889.00 usd made from contracts he executed with Oil Companies here
in Nigeria and the proceeds deposited with our Commercial Bank.
Upon maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but
got no reply. Few weeks ago, the Bank tried requesting that the next of KIN
to the deceased should come up to claim his fund deposited with our Bank.
After much effort made to locate any of their relation failed, Further
investigation showed that he and his wife died in a motor accident and we
went to to NPC and was given a the death as a proof of their death.I
decided to contact you to have you stand in as the next of KIN to claim the
fund so that the bank will not declare the account dormant, freeze or
confiscate the amount as they stated in the letter sent to my
Department.Nobody will ever come forward to claim it, in accordance with the
Central Bank's banking policy and in condjunction with the Federal
Government law that at the expiration of 4 (four) years, the money will
revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to
claim the fund.Based on the above discovery, I decided to contact you to
stand in as the next of kin.
Consequently, I shall present you as the next of kin to Mr.M.HANSON so that
you and I can benefit from the fruits of this old man's labour to enhance
Humanitarian organisation World wide.
The money will be shared in the ratio of 60% for me,35% for you and 5% for
any arising contingencies during the process of this transaction.
There is no risk involved as I will use my position as the Manager to
guarantee the successful execution of this transaction and it will take only
7- working days.Please you must observe utmost confidentiality.
If you willing to proceed, I would want you to forward to me your full
names, address and telephone number in order for me to file in an official
repot with the bank and also discuss with you.
Awaiting your urgent rresponse.
MR. AIKEY ODUOZA