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Fraud email example:
From: "Micheal Ezra" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 12:15:58 +0000
Subject: From: Micheal Ezra
From: Micheal Ezra
International Commercial Bank
kaneshie first light Branch Accra Ghana.
My name is MICHEAL EZRA, I am the Branch manager of the International Commercial
Bank of Ghana ,kaneshie first-light branch Accra Ghana. I got your impressive
information during my visit in your country embassy commercial section in
the bid to find out about the export of an african art. I am 44years of
age and married with 3 lovely kids. It may interest you to hear that I am
a man of PEACE and don't want problem, I only hope we can assist each other.
If you don't want this business offer kindly forget it as I will not contact
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as
the regional manager of the International Commercial Bank; it is my duty
to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra
at the end of each year. On the course of the last year 2004 end of year
report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made Three
million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars [3,750.000.00] which my head
office are not aware of and will never be aware of. I have since place this
fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.
As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to this money,
so this informed my contacting you for us to work so that you can assist
receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE. While you will
have 30% of the total fund .Note there are practically no risk involved,
it will be bank to bank transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim
as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with our branch
so that my Head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.
If you accept this offer to work with me, I will appreciate it very much.
As soon as I receive your response I will details you on how we can achieve
Mr MICHEAL EZRA.