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Fraud email example:
From: "david kwame" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 20:40:32 +0000
Subject: From david Kwame
37 High Street, Accra,
Ghana, West Africa.
My name is Mr. David Kwame, the Manager, Credit and Foreign Bills of
ECOWASBANK P.L.C .I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank
with account number D14-A55-096/utb/t who perished
in a plane crash [Ethiopian airline 9] with the whole passengers aboard.
Since the demise of this our customer. I have personally watched with keen
interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no onehas
come to claim his funds of USDollar 28.5 m, [twenty-eight million
fivehundred thousand united states dollars] which has been with my branchfor
a very long time.
On this note, I decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the Next
of kin as no one has come up to be the next of kin. And the banking ethics
here does not allow such money to stay more than Nine years, because
money will be recalled to the bank treasury as unclaimed after this
period.Inview of this I got your contact through a search on the Internet
.Ishall give you 40% of the total sum.
I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch freeand
that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for fundtransfer
can be finalized within five banking days, after you apply to
the bank as arelation to the deceased.
When you receive this letter. Kindly send me e-mail signifying Your decision
including your private telephone/ fax numbers for quick communication.
Manager, Credit and Foreign Bills