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Fraud email example:
From: "kayode williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 02:49:29 -0700
ACCOUNT OFFICIAL OF INTER-CONTINENTAL BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.
P.H. 234-8025786841email (email@example.com)
My name is Mr.KAYODE WILLIAMS I work in the credit and accounts department
of Inter-continental Bank of Nigeria Plc,Lagos, Nigeria. I write you in
respect of a foreign customer with our bank, before his sudden death. His
name is Mr.Alam A. ANDERS, He was among those who died in a plane crash here
in Nigeria in the year 2002 May 4th. Sir,since the demise of this our
customer, Mr.Alam A. ANDERS, 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 Engineer
He had only $9.5mllion 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 self considering my position in the bank as
his account officer.Based on the reason that nobody has come forward to
claim the deposit as next of kin,I hereby ask for your cooperation 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 this doing,what is required of you is to send
an application laying claims of the deposit as next of kin to the deceased
officially to the director of our bank.
I will need your full name and address,telephone and fax number for the
processing of the transfer in your name and favour. Finally i want you to
understand that the request for a foreigneras the next of kin is Occassioned
by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and for that reason alone a
Nigerian 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
I remain Respectfully yours
MR. KAYODE WILLIAMS PLS REPLY BACK TO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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