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Fraud email example:
From: "allidu haman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 17:30:45 +0000
Subject: ASALLAMU ALAIKUM...URGENT RESP
FROM THE DESK OF MR ALLIDU HAMAN.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ANNEX)
BILL AND EXCHANGE DEPARTMENT,
I know that this letter may come to you as a suprise.I got your contact
address from the Internet while I was searching for a busines partner.
My name is MR ALLIDU HAMAN.the Bill and Exchange(assistant) Manager of the
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ANNEX) ,Ouagadouguo Burkina Faso.
In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of USD$22.300.000
(TWENTY TWO MILLION THREE HUNDRED U.S.A DOLLARS). In an account that belongs
this our foreign customer who died along with his wife and and children in
the plane crash. Since we got information about his death, we have been
expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot
release it unless somebody applies for it as the next of kin or relation to
the deceased, as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately
we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with
him in the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I and my colleague in the
department now decided to make this business proposals to you and release
the money to you as next of kin or relation to thedeceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it because we don't want
this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed Bill. The banking law
and guidelines here stipulates that if such money remains unclaimed after
five years, the money will
be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund.The request of
foreigner in this transaction is necessary because our late customer was a
foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. We
agree that 33% of this money will be for you as foreigner partner in respect
the provision of a foreign account.2% will be set aside for expenses
incurred during the business and 65% would be for me and my colleague, after
which we shall visit your
country for disbursement according to the percentages indicated.
To enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as we arranged,you will
furnished me with a good receving account detail where the money will
betransfered into,your private tel and fax number for easy
communication.Upon receipt of the above mentioned, I will send to you by fax
e-mail a text of the application which you shall retype and fax to our
foreig remittanc Department,for
easy execution of the transaction.
I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is 100%
hitch-free on both side. As all required arrangement have been made for
Please I would like you to keep this transaction confidential and as a
secret as you may wish to know that we are Bank officials.
Your promt response will be highly appreciated.
BILL AND EXCHANGE (ASSIST.)MANAGER,AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
(ANNEX) ) OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA-FASO,
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