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Fraud email example:
From: "WILLIAS CHAMBERS" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 09:40:15 +0000
Subject: URGENT REPLY
BARR. WILLIAMS CHAMBERLINE
LEGAL PRACTITIONER & SOLICITOR
Before I start,I must first Apologise for this unsolicited mail to you.I am
aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to starting a
relationship but as time goes on you will realize the need for my action. My
name is Barrister Williams Chamberline,a Solicitor and the personal Attorney
to an Engineer, a National of your country, who worked with an Oil company
in Nigeria, Here in after referred to as my Client.
On the 21st of April 2002,my client,his wife and their three children were
involved in a local plane crash.My Client and his entire family
unfortunately lost their lives in the accident. Since then I have made
several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my Client's extended
relatives which has proved abortive. After these several unsuccessful
attempts I DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU.
My main reason for contacting you is to assist me in repatriating the money
and properties left behind by my Client before they are confiscated or
declared unservicable by the bank where they are deposited, Particularly the
EcoBank Nigeria PLC where the deceased has a fixed sum of seventeen Million
United States Dollars($17m).
The said bank has issued me a final notice to provide the next of kin of my
Client or they will be left with no other choice than to confiscate his
funds. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating my clients relatives for
the past two years I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
my client, i.e the sum of Seventeen million United States Dollars ($17m) can
be paid to you instead of leaving it for EcoBankNigeria PLC, we can take
part of it and leave the rest for Charity.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law.
Finally kindly give me your confidential Phone and fax numbers so that I can
communicate with you easily.
Barrister Williams Chamberline