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Fraud email example:
From: "salam abdoul" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 01:42:25 +0000
Subject: BUSINESS PROPOSAL
FROM THE DESK OF MR SALIAM ABDOUL
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK(a.d.b)
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO.
I am the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign remittance department
of the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK , In my department we discovered an
abandoned sum of $9.3m,US Dollars( nine point three million US dollars) in
an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer who died along with
his entire family in a war zone at liberia on 15/6/2000.
Since we got information about his death we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money in our bank, because we cannot release
it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the
deceased, as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws,but unfortunately
we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with
him at THE WAR ZONE leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I and other officials in my
department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the
money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we do not want
this money to go into the banks treasury as unclaimed bill.
The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remains
unclaimed after this year the money will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occassioned by
the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Burkinabe cannot stand as
next of kin to a foreigner.
I have agreed that 40% of this money will be for you as a foreign partner,in
respect to the provision of a foreign account, 10% will be for expenses
incured during the business, as i know that there will be some depance in
advance to get the legal backing up documents and 50% of the money will be
Thereafter I will visit your country for disburesment according to the
Therefore, to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,
you must apply first to the bank as a relative or next of kin to the
deceased indicating, your Private telephone and fax numbers for easy and
effective communication and location, where in the balance money will be
Upon receipt of your reply, i will send to you by fax or email the text of
the application, which you will fill and contact the bank with, i will not
also fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free, so be
Please contact me immediately as you gone through this message
MR SALIAM ABDOUL
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