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Fraud email example:
From: "Barrister Okohfrank" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 19:13:35 +0000
Subject: NEXT OF KIN !
BARRISTER FRANK OKOH,
44, KOFO ABAYOMI AVENUE,
LAGOS - NIGERIA.
I am Barrister Frank Okoh, a Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney to Mr.
Steve, who used to work with Chevron Oil Development Company in Nigeria. On
the 21st of April, 2002, his wife and their three children were involved in
a car accident along Abuja Express Road. Unfortunately, they all lost their
lives in the event of the accident .
Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my
client Relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to
locate any member of his family but to no avail, hence, I contacted you to
assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client in a Security
Particularly, the Security Company where the deceased deposited the US$15
Million (Fifteen Million United States Dollars only). Consequently, this
Security Company issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin to claim the
US$15 Million (Fifteen Million United States Dollars only) in their custody
within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in
locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to present
you as the next of kin of the deceased to claim the fund as the Next of Kin
to him so that the fund will be transferred to your account by the Security
Upon receipt of the fund, I will come over to your country to meet with you
for the disbursement of the fund and then you and I will share the money
inthis order: 55% will be for me, 40% will be for you, while 5% will be use
don expenses incurred.
I have all the necessary legal documents that can back our claim we may make
with the Security Company.All I require is your honest co-operation to
enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement that will protect
you from any breach of t! he law. Please, get in touch with me by my secured
and confidential email address at email@example.com] to enable me
clarify you further .
Best regards .
Barrister Frank (Esq)