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Fraud email example:
From: Dr Edwin abba <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 06:25:03 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL / URGENT PROPOSAL
CONFIDENTIAL / URGENT PROPOSAL
Firstly,I must solicit your confidence in this transaction.I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprenhensive,but be assured that at the end all concerned would smile.I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.
Let me introduce myself.I am DR Edwin Abba, a staff of UNION BANK PLC .I got your contact via my private search and decided to ask for your personal involvement because of the urgency of this business.
A Foreigner,Late Mr Peter Creek an Expertriate engineer,who was involved in oil merchant/contractor,until His death over two years ago in a ghastly car accident,banked with us here and a closing balance as at the end of March,2000 of USD 35. 2Million(thirty five million,two hundred thousand dollars)equivalent in the local currency,which the bank now expects a next of kin to claim as beneficiary.All efforts by bank to contact any of his relatives proved unseccesful. As a result of this the Board of Directors are about to place the fund as"UNCLAIMAMBLE"and it has been decided that the funds shall be shared among themselves.
In order to prevent this,some of my colleagues and i now seek your assistance to have you stand in as the beneficiary's next of kin.All documents to enable you claim this fund will be carefully obtained from the federal high court of justice. This Proposal is 100% risk free on your side because i will obtain a court ruling order that you are the beneficiary's next of kin.
We have agreed that 25% of the total fund when remitted would be your share. Again take note that up to 10% of would stand as incidental expenses,The remaining 65% would be our share,more details would follow with time.
If this proposal is acceptable to you ,kindly contact me through my private E-mail address shown above and foward to me your full names and address including your private telephone and fax numbers for easy communications and indicate your interest urgently by assuring me of your capability and readiness to proceed with me.
PLEASE TREAT THIS AS A VERY URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL MATTER.
Thanks and I await your urgent response
DR Edwin Abba
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