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Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Martins Olusegun" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 08:44:20 +0000
Subject: Legal Claims.
FROM THE DESK OF MR. MARTINS OLUSEGUN
DIRECTOR CREDIT CONTROL DEPARTMENT.
UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.
MARINA BRANCH, LAGOS STATE.
UNION BANK OF NIGERIA, BIG! STRONG!!RELIABLE!
PRIVATE EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
TELEPHONE:+234 806 038 0714
My name is Mr Martins Olusegun, I work with Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc,Marina
Branch, Lagos Nigeria.I have an urgent and very profitable business
proposition for you that should be handled with extreme confidentiality.
On January 6,1998 a Foreign Consultant and contractor with the
NigerianRailway Corporation Mr. Theophilous Baker made a numbered time
FixedDeposit for twelve calendar months valued at US$4.5M (Four
Million,FiveHundred United States Dollars Only) in my branch.Upon maturity I
sent aroutine notification in accordance with the Bank policy to his
forwarding address but got no reply. After a month we sent a reminder and
finally, we discovered from his contract employersNigerian Railway
Corporation that Mr. Theophilous Baker died in anautomobile accident.
On further investigation, we found out that he died without making a Will
and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I therefore made
further investigations and discovered that Mr. Theophilous Baker did
notdeclare any next of kin or relations in all his official documents
including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
No one will ever come forward to claim it and according to the Law of my
country, at the expiration of 7 years the money will revert to the ownership
of the State (Government) if nobody applies to claim the fund.This prompted
Me to contact you.I want to front you as the next of kin to our late client
thereby making you the legal beneficiary of the sum of $4.5 million U.S
Dollars that is presently in my Bank.
I contacted you because it is against our code of ethics to own and operate
foreign accounts and your assistance would be needed to claim the money so
that my Bank can transfer this money to your Nominated Account in your
I have unanimously agreed that 25% of the entire sum would be for you if you
agree to take part in this profitable transaction, 65% for me while the
remaining 10% would be used to pay back all the expenses that may be
incurred during the course of the transaction by both parties after the fund
has been claimed and lodged in your account.In the event that you are
genuinely interested in the transaction, the following information would be
needed from you to expedite action.
1) Your Full Name,
2) Your Residential or Company Address,
3) Your Private Telphone and Fax numbers where you can be reached at all
time because this transaction entails constant communication.
I want to assure you that this transaction is 100% legal and totally free
from all risks as all modalities has been perfected to ensure the hitch
freesuccess of the transaction.
If you are interested, send me the requested information via email as soon
as possible so that we can proceed.
I await your response urgently.
Best regards and God bless you.
Mr Martins Olusegun.