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Fraud email example:
From: "DR JAMES GWAGWA" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 08:44:26 -0700
FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA (FNB)
JOHANESBOURG, SOUTH AFRICA
FROM DR JAMES GWAGWA
In order to transfer out (20 million United State Dollars) from our bank. I will begin by introducing myself to you as the CURRENT CHIEF AUDITING GENERAL, OF FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA (FNB) JOHANESBOURG, Republic of South Africa
An account was opened in this bank in 1991 and since 1995 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some of the old files in the records, the owner of the account is a British National and great industrialist and a resident of Alaska, Mr. Morris Thompson, who unfortunately lost his life together with his wife MRS. THELMA THOMPSON, as well as his daughter MISS. SHERYL THOMPSON in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31 2000, you should read more about the crash on visiting this site
No other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it. the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that his family does not know anything about this account. I want to transfer this money into a safe foreigners account abroad but I don?t know any foreigner, I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in US dollars and the former owner of the account is a foreigner too. I know that this massage will come to you as a surprise as we don?t know our selves before, but be sure that it is real and a genuine business. I only got your contact address through the computer with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business. You are the only person that I have contacted in this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently. Send!
also your private telephone and fax number including the full details of the account to be used for the deposit. I will fly to your country for withdrawal and sharing and other investments. I am contacting you because of the need to involve a foreigner with foreign account and foreign beneficiary documents.
Already this fund has been deposited with one of the reputable security company here in south Africa alert security company pty ltd www.alertsecuritys.co.za by the board of directors of my bank for safety reasons and as soon as i hear from you i will introduce you to my attorney who will affect the change of ownership of the fund to your name which will enable us to transfer the fund to your nominated account as soon as possible through one of the commercial bank here in south Africa, I need your full co-operation to make this work fine Because the management is ready to approve the payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this account, if you are able and with capability to handle such amount in strict confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual benefit because this opportunity may not come to me again.
I need truthful person in this business because I don?t want to make mistake. I need your strong assurance and trust. I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately the fund is transfer to your account and come for the sharing of the fund.
At the conclusion of this business, i will give you(6,000 000 U S Dollars)Six million dollars out of the money.(13,000 000)Thirteen million, will be for me and my accountant , while(1,000 000)One million, will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transaction. I look forward to your earliest reply by.E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org (or) Fax:+27-73-58-38-012 or contact me to my cell phone number :+27-73-16-40-087
DR JAMES GWAGWA
FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA (FNB)