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Fraud email example:
From: "Smith Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 20:05:14 -0700
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION!!!
My name is MR W.L. SMITH .I work in the credit and accounts department of
Union Bank of NigeriaPlc,Lagos, Nigeria. I write you in respect of a foreign
customer with Domicilliary A/C number 6402356789. His name is Engineer
MANFRED BACKER. He was among
those who died in a plane crash here in Nigeria during the reign of late
General Sani Abacha.
Sir,since the demise of this our customer, Engineer MANFRED BACKER, who was
an oil merchant/contractor, I have kept a close watch of the deposit records
and accounts and since then no body has come to claim the money in this a/c
as next of kin to the late EngineerMANFRED BACKER. He had only $18.5mllion
in his a/c and the a/c is coded. It is only an insider that could produce
the code or password of the deposit particulars. As it stands now, there is
nobody in that position to produce the needed information other than my very
considering my position in the bank.
Based on the reason that nobody has come forward to claim the deposit as
next of kin, I hereby ask for your co operation in using your name as the
next of kin to the deceased to send these funds out to a foreign offshore
bank a/c for mutual sharing between myself and you. At this point I am the
only one with the information because I have removed the deposit file from
the safe . By so doing, what is required of you is to send an aplication
laying claims of the deposit as next of kin to the late Engineer MANFRED
BACKER. I will need your full name and address telephone/fax number,company
or residential, also your bank name and account,where the money will
transfer into. So that i can computerize them totally with next of kin
column in the certificate of deposit.
Finally i want you to understand that the request for a foreigner as the
next of kin is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and
for that reason alone a local cannot represent as next of kin. When you
contact me, then we shall discuss on how the money will be split between us.
Trusting to hear from you,
I remain Respectfully yours,
MR W.L. SMITH