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Fraud email example:
From: "thomas akama1" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 06:48:24 -0700
Subject: Good Day
I am Mr.Thomas Akama,senior manager accounts/audit
department, in first bank of Nigeria Plc. DR. GEORGE
BRUMLEY, who was a contractor with Shell-development
Company in Nigeria and a personal friend Died and
left behind his deposit in this bank (FIRST BANK
NIGERIA PLC) valued USD $20,723,822.90.
I am writing to seek your cooperation over this
business deal. In my department, I discovered an
abandoned sum of USD $20,723,822.90.,(Twenty
Million,seven hundred and twenty three thousand eight
hundred and twenty-two dollars,ninety cents) only , in
an account that belongs to one of our foreign
customers who died along with his entire family in a
plane crash that took place in Kenya, East Africa, the
Late DR. GEORGE BRUMLEY, a citizen of Atlanta, United
States of America but resident here in Nigeria, West
Africa and a physician.
Since we got information about his death, we have been
expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his
money because it cannot be released unless somebody
applies for it as next of kin or relation to the
deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but
unfortunately, all his supposed next of kin or
relation died alongside with him at the plane
crash leaving nobody behind to claim the money.
therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to
make this business proposal to you and release the
money to you via your foreign bank account as the next
of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it
and this money Could go into the Bank treasury as
The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if
such money remained unclaimed after four years, the
money will be transferred into the Bank treasury as
unclaimed fund. The request for your assistance
and maximum co-operation as a foreign citizen to stand
as the next of kin in this business is occasioned by
the fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner.
40 % of this money will be for you as my foreign
partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign
account. and 60 % would be for me. There after I will
come over to your country for disbursement according
to the percentages indicated.
Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this
fund to you as arranged, you must apply first to the
bank as the relation or next of kin to the deceased,
indicating your claims and where the money will be
Upon receipt of your respose indicating your
willingness to work with me, I will send to you by fax
or email the contact information of my bank manager
which you will use to submit the application and I
will direct you on how to do that. I will not fail to
bring to your notice that this transaction is strictly
confidential and I will use my position in this
Bank to effect a hitch free transfer of the fund and
that is to say I guarantee that this transaction will
be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you and I from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me through my direct email
firstname.lastname@example.org and send to me your full name
telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further
about this transaction.
You can visit the website below for more information
about the Plane Crash and the tragic death of the
deceased and his entire family, Late DR.GEORGE
Awaiting your urgent reply
Thanks and my regards.