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Fraud email example:
From: "Haruna George" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 07:29:36 +0000
Subject: YOUR URGENT HELP PLEASE.
I believe this letter will come to you as a supprise.Well, my Name is Mr
Haruna George an Account officer in a finacial firm.
I am writing to seek for your support and co-operation to carry out this
business opportunity in my department in our Bank.
We discovered an abandoned sum of USD $9.5M(Nine million five hundred
thausand united state dollars only) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customers Mr.Morris Thompson who died along with his family of a
wife a child in August 1998 in a plane crash.
Since we heard of his death, we have been expecting his next-of-kin to come
over and claim this money as the heir, because we cannot release the fund
from his account unless someone applies for claims as the next-of-kin to the
deceased as required by our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately, neither their family member nor distant relative have put up
any claim to the said fund. Upon this discovery, I and other officials in my
department have agreed to carry out this deal with you and release the total
amount into an account that you will provide as the heir to the fund since
no one came for this fund or has any knowledge of this man's account with
If we do not carry out this deal now, the fund will be returned to the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund after a while. We have agreed that our ratio of
sharing will be as stated thus:
20% for you as foreign partner
70% for us the officials in my department.
10% for the settlement of all local and foreign
expenses incurred by you and us during the course of this business.
Upon the successful completion of this transaction I and one of my
colleagues will come to your country for our share. It is from our 80% we
intend to import Agricultural machineries into my country as a way of
recycling the fund or going into partnership with you based on agreement.
To commence this transaction, we require you to immediately indicate your
interest by a return mail, enclosed your private contact telephone number,
private fax number, full name address and your designated bank coordinates
to enable us file letter of claims to the appropriate department for
necessary approvals before the transaction can be made.
Note also that this transaction must be kept strictly confidential as we are
still in service because of its nature.
I look forward to receiving your prompt response.
Pls reply to Email : email@example.com
MR HARUNA GEORGE.