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Fraud email example:
From: "Joseph Zuma" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 14:01:55 +0200
Subject: Mr.Joseph Zuma.
From: Mr.Joseph Zuma.
8 Zulberg Close,
off Ernest Oppenheimer Road,
Republic of South Africa.
Dear Sir / Madam,
RE: TRANSFER OF US$125,000.000.00
(ONE HUNDRED & TWENTY FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)
I am the personal account officer to the great late INDUSTRIALIST who had an
account in one of the top banks here in South Africa.
Forgive my contact because this letter comes to you as a surprise, as you
don't know of it's coming
before. My contact is for you to please assist to transfer
US$125,000.000.00 ( One hundred & twenty- five million United States dollars
only) in tranches from a Prime Bank here in South Africa to any oversea's
The account was opened in 1998 and he died in 2003 without a written or oral
WILL and since 2003 nobody had operated the account. The account is dormant
and the funds floating.
If I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited to the bank.
Firstly, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction
because of my official position and nature of the deal. The business can be
concluded in 10 (ten) banking days .I am sure and have confidence
of your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of this great
The account holder was a foreigner and no other person knows about this
account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and
until his death he was the accountant of the company.
My investigation through the National immigration department proved to me as
well that he was single as at the time of his entry into the Republic of
South Africa. The credit balance in this account is USD$125 Million ( One
Hundred & Twenty five Million United States Dollars only).
Your assistance as a foreigner is necessary because the management of the
bank will welcome any foreigner who has correct information on this account
which I will disclose to you if you are interested to do this business with
me.There is no risk in this business if you follow my instructions. Given my
position and my personal rapport with the manager of the bank, the funds can
be transferred to any account(s) you nominate .I need an assurance from you
that this money will be intact pending my arrival to your bank for
We will start with the first swift wire-transfer of US$25 million( Twenty
-five million United States
only) Upon successful transfer of the first tranch without any
disappointment from your side, you shall apply for the outstanding sum of US
$100 Million to the same or other account(s).
Armed with correct information as a foreigner and appropriate documentations
as we shall arrange I will use my position to secure a prompt conclusion to
Your duty is to send me the banking coordinates for the transfer while
maintaining the required
confidentiality . At the conclusion of the transfer you will receive 35%, 5%
will be for any expenses both parties incurred in the process of this
business and 60% of the funds will be for me.
Upon your strong assurance of your full cooperations and receipt of your
account details then I will start the process of the funds transfer to your
account without further delay.
I look forward to hear from you soon.
May God bless you.
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