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Fraud email example:
From: "HELLO FRIEND" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2005 18:37:11 +0000
Subject: PLEASE VERY URGNET.
FROM THE DESK OF Mr,Anita Gambo.
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) OUAGADOUGOU,
BURKINA FASO WEST AFRICA.
PHONE CONTACT 00226.76.440.441.
For security reason,please reply to this email
I know that this letter may come to you as a surprise,I got your contact
address from the internet while I was searching for somebody that has
similar name with one of my best friend.I am the manager of bill and
exchange BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A)at foreign remittance department . There is a
business I would want you to champion for me.
In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of ($31.500.000 U.S)thirty
one million five hundred thousands US dollars) . In an account that belongs
to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family on 25TH
JULY,2000 CONCORDE PLANE CRASH[Flight AF4590 ] with the whole passengers
aboard.The name of the deceased man was
(MR.ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich,Germany).
N.B.In other for you to believe me honestly,go through this (website)before
you start with me.
Below is the website.
You have to understand that i come acrossed this huge amount of money when i
was arranging the departmental customers file to submit to the bank
management for the annual audit of the year
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines, but unfortunately we learnt that all
his supposed next of kin's or relation died alongside with him at the plane
crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this
discovery that I and other officials in my department now decided to make
this businness proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of
kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since
nobody is coming for it and we dont want this money to go into the Bank
treasury as unclaimed Bill.The Banking law and guideline here stipulates
that if such money remained unclamed after some years, the money will be
transfered into the Bank treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by
the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as
next of kin to a foreigner.
In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this
country as a civil servant(A Banker),we are not allowed to operate a foreign
account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of
transfer because I work in this bank. This is the actual reason why it will
require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin
to the Bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the money
to be re-transferred into on his request as it may be after due verification
and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole
money will be remitted from to your own designation bank account.I dont
want this money to go into the Bank treasury as unclaimed Bill.
We agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in
respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for
expenses incured during the business and 60 % would be for ;me and my
colleagues. There after I and my colleagues will visit your country for
disbursement accoding to the percentages indicated. Therefore to enable the
immediate trnansfer of this fund to you as arranged,you must apply first to
the bank as relations or next of kin of the deceased indicating your bank
name, your bank account number, your private
telephone and fax number for easy and effective communication and location
where in the money will be remitted .All modalities of this transaction have
been carefully worked out and once started will not take more than
fourteen(14) working days, with your full
support. this transaction is 100% risk free.it involve no any inplication
and no any precaution there after. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send
to you by fax or email the text of
the application. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this
transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear
as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer .You should
contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
Bill and exchange manager,
BANK OF AFRICA
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