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Fraud email example:
From: "Osita Joe" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2005 08:08:04 -0800
Subject: YOUR INHERITANCE FUND.
I am DR OSITA NWA JOE Bank Manager of Union Bank of NIGERIA. I have an
urgent and confidential business proposal for you. I got your information in
my search for a reliable partner who can assist me actualise this
On June 6, 1999, an American oil merchant and Contractor with the NIGERIAN
NATIONAL PETROLEUM COPORATION, MR KEN POWER, made a numbered time Fixed)
Deposit for twelve(12)calendar months,valued at US$28,000,000.00
(Twenty-Eight Million United states Dollars) in my branch.
Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but
got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered
from his contract employers,THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM COPORATION that
MR KEN POWER died from an automobile accident.
On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL and
all attempts to trace his NEXT OF KIN was friutless. I therefore made
further investigation and discovered that MR KEN POWER did not declare any
KIN OR RELATIONS IN ALL HIS OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING HIS BANK DEPOSIT
PAPER WORK IN MY BANK.
This sum of US$28,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is
being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. NO PERSON
WILL EVER COME FOWARD TO CLAIM IT. According to NIGERIAN LAW, at the
expiration of 7(SEVEN) YEARS, the money will revert to the ownership of the
NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF NOBODY APPLIES TO CLAIM THE FUND.
Consequently, my proposal is that I WANT YOU TO STAND IN AS THE NEXT OF
KIN/BENEFICIARY OF THIS FUND DEPOSIT SO THAT THE FUND CAN BE RELEASED TO YOU
FOR OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT. If you will assist me, send down the following
informations. I will require them for operation.
1: YOUR FULL NAMES AND ADDRESS
2: YOUR PRIVATE PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
3: YOUR BANKING INFORMATIONS.
4. YOUR AGE.
5. YOUR OCCUPATION.
FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE, YOU WILL BE ADEQUATELY COMPENSATED WITH ( 40%) OF THE
TOTAL SUM. (55%) WILL BE MY OWN SHARE WHILE (5%) WILL BE SET ASIDE TO COVER
ALL INCIDENTAL EXPENSES MADE BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD BEFORE CONCLUTION OF
THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE as all the paper works that will be
required to effect this fund transfer will be obtained from the federal
ministry / high court of justice by an Attorney hear in Nigeria, and my
position as the Branch Manager guarantees the successful execution of this
Moreso, ALL ASPECTS OF THIS TRANSACTION ( FROM THE FIRST TO THE LAST ), WILL
BE CONDUCTED LEGALLY in such a manner that it will not constitute a breach
of the law either in your country or in mine.
IF YOU ARE INTRESTED IN ASSISTING ME IN THIS TRANSACTION, PLEASE REPLY
IMMEDIATELY, AND CALL ME ON MY PRIVATE PHONE +234-8037501410 FOR DETAILS.
This has to do with fund transfer and consiquently requires speed.
Upon your response, I SHALL PROVIDE YOU WITH DETAILS ON HOW WE CAN
SUCCESSFULLY ACTUALISE THIS DEAL, I SHALL ALSO PROVIDE YOU WITH DOCUMENTS IN
RELATION TO THIS FUND DEPOSIT THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THIS TRANSACTION
Please realise that the confidentiality of this arrangement must be
maintained from now, and even after the successful complition of this deal.
I WILL MEET WITH YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR DISBURSMENT AFTER THE FUND HAVE
BEEN RELEASED TO YOU, AND ALSO DISCUSS INVESTMENT POTENTIALS AS I WILL LIKE
TO INVEST IN YOUR COUNTRY WITH YOUR ASSISTANCE.
Awaiting your urgent reply through this email
Thanks and God bless.
DR OSITA NWA JOE.
PRIVATE NUMBER: +2348037501410 (24HOURS ON).
Because of the confidentiality required in this transaction, Do not reply
with this email address which I used in sending this proposal to you. Reply
with this email address :(email@example.com) This arrangement is purely
for the success of this deal.God bless.
DR OSITA NWA JOE .