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Fraud email example:
From: "Lui Cheng" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 16:33:31 +0000
From The Desk Of Mr.LUI CHENG.
The Manager, Deposit/Exchange
Foreign Remittance & finance Department.
standard chartered bank.
HONG KONGDear Sir/Madam,
I am really sorry if this mail gets to you without any notice.this is
by virtue of it's nature as being absolutely CONFIDENTIAL and TOP SECRET,I
want your advice on what investment opportunities you can assist me on. It
has become really difficult to get a reliable investor to assist in
business matters, because of the hug rate of scams that we hear about everyday.
Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone
apprehensive and worried.
Firstly I will introduce myself to you.I am Mr.(Lui Cheng),The manager,
Bills and Exchange at the Foreign Remittance & finance department,
Standard Chartered Bank,HongKong.(www.standardcharteredbank.com)
I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry
out this opportunity in my department.
I discovered an abandoned hug sum of money $18,000,000.00 Eighteen
Million United State Dollars in an account that belongs to one of our foreign
customer, an oil merchant,who is from your country.Name ( withheld).
I have served a notice to his residential address in Queen's Road East,
Hong Kong,but i got a notice that him and his wife, with two kids were
involve in a gastly motor accident,on their way to the Airport going back to your
country,his wife and 2kids lost their life at the moment, but he
was rush to the hospital,and later died in hospital after three days.
Since then I have made several enquiries,attempts to your embassy here to locate
any of my clients relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.
The Bank is making plan to return the total fund back into the Bank
treasures as unclaimed banefit, since no one has come for this funds.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that the
Deceases(withheld) did not declare any next of kin or relations in all his
official documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
According to Laws of Hong Kong, at the expiration of 5(five) years of
maturity, the money will revert to the Hong Kong Government if nobody applies
to claim the fund.Upon this discovery,I have agreed to make business with you
and release the total amount into your bank account as the heir of the fund,I have
agreed to compensate you handsomely with 25% of the total sum on successful
completion and transfer of the money into your account.
I will come to your country for investment on a lucrative business that
you may direct.To commence this transaction, I require you to immediately
indicate your interest by a return e-mail to
my personal Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
i shall then provide you with more details.
Note: Please treat with eserve and upmost maturity