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Fraud email example:
From: "Liu David" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 01:10:33 +0000
Subject: Sincere Associate Needed
From: Mr. David Liu
Wing Hang Bank Ltd
161 Queen's Road Central
Let me start by introducing myself. I am Mr. David Liu credit officer
of the Wing Hang Bank Ltd. I have a concealed business suggestion for you.
Before the U.S and Iraqi war our client General. Alli Moussa who was a
business man made a numbered fixed deposit for 18 calendar months, with
a value of Sixty four millions Five Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars($64.5 million USD) only in my branch. Upon maturity several
notice was sent to him, even during the war. Again after the war
another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later
find out that the General and his family had been killed during the war in
bomb blast that hit their home.
After further investigation it was also discovered that General. Alli
Moussa did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the
paper work of his bank deposit. And he also confided in me the last
time he was at my office that no one except me knew of his deposit in my
bank. So, Sixty four million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is
still lyingin my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it. What
bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country at the
expiration 3 years the funds will revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong
Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Against this backdrop, my
suggestion to you is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the
next of kin to General.
Alli Moussa so that you will be able to receive his funds.
WHAT IS TO BE DONE:
I want you to know that I have had everything planned out so that we
shall come out successful. I have contacted an attorney that will
prepare the necessary document that will back you up as the next of kin to
Gen. Alli Moussa, all that is required from you at this stage is for you to
provide me with your Full Names and Address so that the attorney can
commence his job. After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney
will also file in for claims on your behalf and secure the necessary
letter of probate in your favor for the move of the funds to an account that
will be provided by you.
There is no risk involved at all in the matter as we are going to adopt
a legalized method and the attorney will prepare all the necessary
documents. Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters
concerning this issue.
Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we
shall share in the ratio of 70% for me, 25% for you and 5% for any
expenses incurred during the course of this operation. Should you be
interested please send me your full names and current residential address.
Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.
You can write me via my private box thus:
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and i will provide you with more
details of this operation.Your earliest response to this letter will be
Mr. David Liu.