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Fraud email example:
From: "wang qin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 16:23:55 +0000
Subject: BUSINESS OFFER FROM THE DESK OF MR WANG QIN
MR. WANG QIN
HANG SENG BANK LTD.
DES VOEUX RD. BRANCH,
CENTRAL HONG KONG,
Compliment of the day,Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. Wang Qin
credit officer of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd in Hong kong. I have a concealed
business suggestion for you. Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client
General. Ibrahim Moussa who was with the Iraqi forces and also business man
made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with a value of ($20.5
M)Twenty million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my
branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him, even during the war
early this year.
Again after the war another notification was sent and still no response came
from him. We later find out that the General and his family! had been killed
during the war in bomb blast that hit their home.
After further investigation it was also discovered that Gen. Ibrahim Moussa
did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper
work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last time he was at
my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my bank. So, Twenty
million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank
and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What bothers me most is that
according to the laws of my country at the expiration 3 years the funds will
revert to the ownership of the HongKong Government if nobody applies to
claim the funds.
Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you as a
foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Gen. Ibrahim Moussa so that you
will be able to receive his funds.
WHAT IS TO BE DONE:
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we shall
come! out successful. I have contacted an attorney that will prepare the ne
cessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to Gen.Ibrahim
Moussa, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me
with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can commence his job.
After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will also file in for
claims on your behalf and secure the necessary approval and letter of
probate in your favor for the move of the funds to an account that will be
provided by you.
Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall
share in the ratio of 70% for me, 30% for you .Should you be interested
please send me your private phone and fax numbers for easy communication and
I will provide you with more details of this operation.
Please reply through this EMAIL: email@example.com Your earliest
response to this letter will be appreciated.
Mr. Wang Qin