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Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Philip Zwane" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 23:22:12 +0000
Subject: Thank you in advance for your anticipated Co-operation.
First, I must solicit your confidence in this
transaction; this is by virtue if its nature as being
utterly CONFIDENTIAL and TOP SECRET. Though I know
that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one
apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that
all will be well at the end of the day. We have
decided to contact you due to the urgency of this
transaction, as we have been reliably informed of your
discreteness and ability in transactions of this
Let me start by first introducing myself properly to
you. I am Mr. Philip Zwane, an Attorney and l came to
know of you in my private search for a reliable and
reputable person to handle this confidential
transaction which involves the transfer of a huge sum
of money to a foreign account requiring maximum
A foreigner, Late Engineer Gerlad Welsh, an Gold
Merchant/oil broker was my client until his death in a
ghastly air crash, banked with a bank in United
kingdom and had a closing balance of US$12.5M (Twelve
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
which the bank now unquestionably expects it to be
claimed by any available foreign next-of-kin of the
Late beneficiary or alternatively be forfeited to the
government. Fervent valuable efforts are being made by
the Bank to get in touch with any of the Welsh family
or relatives but proved unsuccessful.
It is because of the inability to locate any of Late
Gerlad Welsh's next-of-kin (he died with his wife and
only daughter) that the management under the influence
of our chairman and member of the board of directors
are preparing for the fund to be declared
"UNCLAIMABLE" and subsequently be to government.
In order to avert this negative development, I now
seek your permission to have you stand as a
next-of-kin to Late Gerald Welsh so that the funds
US$12.5M would be released and paid into your bank
account as the beneficiary next-of-kin. All documents
and proves to enable you get this fund will be
carefully worked out and more so we are assuring you
of a 100% risk free involvement.
You shall be compensated with 30% of the money for
standing in as the beneficiary of the funds and 70% to
me the originator of the transaction.
If this proposal is OK by you and you do not wish to
take undue advantage of the trust, we hope to bestow
on you and your company, then kindly get to me
immediately. I will like you to furnish me with your
most confidential telephone, fax number for further
information on the release and subsequent transfer of
the funds in your favour. Please send your reply
preferably by fax +44 7092869075 or E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your anticipated
Mr. Philip Zwane