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Fraud email example:
From: "victor chima" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 13:59:03 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY FRIEND.
CHALLENGE SECURITIES LTD.
I am MR.CHIMA VICTOR, the Director of Operations CHALLENGE SECURITIES
LTD,LAGOS NIGERIA. Here in NIGERIA Our firm is a security company of high
repute with years of outstanding service to the people of Africa.I have
resolved to contact you through this medium based on business proposal that
will be of mutual benefit to both of us.
I got your particulars through a consultant company base on my research for
atrustworthy and established person that understands investment ethic for
entering into a life time profitable joint partnership investment and also
co-operation with confidence and
trust that you will keep the contents secret and divulged to any third
To be explicit and straight to the point. Some time early 1997, a reputable
client of ours deposited a consignment in our company\'s vault for safe
keeping.And since then our client has failed to
come forward to claim his consignment, which has accumulated a considerable
amount of money in demurrage.Consequently, in our bide to contact this
client to redeem the demurrage which his consignment had accumulated we
discovered that our client was the former president of the Federal Republic
of Zaire, who died of illness after he was de-throwed in the same year the
consignment was entrusted into our care.Since the death of our client
President Mobutou Seseseko, none of his benefactors has come forward to
claim the consignment with us, which means that non of his relatives or aids
had any knowledge of this consignment.
Hence out of curiosity I decided to secretly open the two boxes that our
client deposited in our vault. And to my surprise I discovered that the two
boxes that were registered as treasurer by our client actually contained a
considerable amount of money in United States Dollars amounting to about
US$30 million Dollar.Since this development I have been nursing plans
secretly. I also found out from enquiries and the foreign media that our
late client siphoned a lot of money from his country while he was in office
as head of state.It is my conviction that the consignment in our vault was
part of the money that our client siphoned and now that he is dead there is
no trace to this money in our care.I am now soliciting your noble assistance
to assist me in transferring this money out of nigeria to yourcountry for
immediate investment with your assistance.I have also decided
that you will generously been titled to 30% of the total amount.
Upon my receipt of your reply confirming your willingness to assist me of
this transaction, I will immediately arrange and transfer all the rights of
ownership of this consignment to your name to facilitate your easy clearance
and transfer of the complete funds to your country.
you have nothing to worry about, as I will be there to assist you in anyway
necessary with all proper documentation.
This transaction is 100% risk free.Please maintain absolute confidentiality
on this matter.
Please reply to the above email address with your telephone and fax so that
i can call you.