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Fraud email example:
From: "frank koswell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 13:52:26 +0000
Subject: HAPPY TO MEET YOU
The Branch Manager,
BTCI Bank Bé - Lome,
Republique Du Togo.
This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not
yet met.The message could be strange but real if you pay some attention to
I could have notified you about it at least for the sake of your integrity.
Please accept my sincere apologies In bringing this message of goodwill to
you, I have to say that I have no intentions of causing you any
I am Mr. Frank Koswell , Bé - Branch Manager, Banque Togolese Pour Le
Commerce Et`lIndustrie (BTCI). I managed to get your contact details
through the Internet myself. Time is of the importance and I am desperately
looking for a person to assist me in this confidential business. A British
oil consultant/contractor with the Togolaise National investment
Corporation, Mr. Paul Philip Best made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit on
January 6,1999,valued at US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million five Hundred
Thousand Dollars)for twelve (12) calender months in my branch. Upon
maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got
no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from
his contract employers, the Togolaise National Investment Corporation that
Mr. Paul Philip died from an automobile accident. On further
I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace
his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and
discovered that Mr. Paul Philip did not declare any kin or relations in all
his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
This sum of US$15,500,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest
being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.
No one will ever come forward to claim it. According to Togolaise Law, at
the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money will revert to the ownership of
the Togolaise Government if nobody applies to claim the fund as the
deceased kinship. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a
foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Paul Philip so that the
this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and
address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ
the service of two lawyers for drafting and noterisation of the WILL and to
obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your
favour for the transfer.
A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will then
facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of
kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio
of 60% for me and 40% for you. There is no risk at all as all the
paperwork for this transaction will be done by the attorney and my
position as the é -
Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and
relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please
observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction
would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your
assistance to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply via my
Mr. Frank Koswell
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