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Fraud email example:
From: "MRS.DORIS BROWN" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 16:08:35 +0000
Subject: Requesting Your assistance in this transaction
I am a member of staff of Bank here in the Dakar Senegal.I got your contact from the Ecowas Infomation Center in SENEGAL.my sources of your contact gave me the courage and confidence.it is my pleasure to contact you for this business.i am writing following an oppurtunity in my office that will be of imense benefit to both of us.
In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of 9.5million United Staes Dollars (Nine million five hundred thousand United States Dollars) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Morris Thompson an American who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, including his
wife and only daughter. You shall read more about the crash on visiting this website.
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin or relatves to come over and claim his money because the Bank cannot release the funds unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and two other officials in this department now decided to
do business with you and release the money to you as the next of kin or beneficiary of the funds for safety keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we dont want this money to go back into Government treasury as unclaimed bill.
We agreed that 15% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while the ballance will be for me and my colleagues. I will visit your country for the disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this money gets into your account. Please be honest to me and trust is our watchword in this transaction.
Note this transaction is confidential and risk free. As soon as you receive this mail you should contact me by return mail whether or not you are willing to enter into this deal. In the event you are not interested, I sincerely ask that you disregard this email and tell no one about it. I am
very careful on truncating my banking career should you mention this to someone else. I hope you can be trusted in this regard.
Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you has been finalised. We will discuss much in details when I do receive your response.
Please in your response include your telephone number and fax number for a better communication between us.
MRS. Doris Brown.