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Fraud email example:
From: "Uba Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2005 11:12:09 +0000
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED
UBA WILLIAMS CHAMBERS,
LEGAL PRACTITIONER AND PUBLIC NOTARY &
HIGH COURT REPRESENTATIVE
It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a surprise. This is
because we have not met before but i am inspired to sending you this email
by the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to the
two of us.
However, I am Uba Williams, the personal Attorney to the late Engr.Steve
Moore may his soul rest in Perfect piece. He used to work with Shell
Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria. On the 21st of April 2001,my
client, his wife And their son were involved in a car accident along
Sagamu/Lagos Express Road. Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the
event of the accident, Since then I have made several enquiries to several
Embassies to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail. Then
I have to contact you to assist me in repatriating the money left behind by
my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank
where this huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about
US$35.5 Million has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin/ relatives
so that the fund left will be transferred/release or the account will be
confiscated within the next twenty official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for some years
now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased
so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$35.5Million can be paid to
you and then you and I can share this money. 70% to me and 25% to you, while
5% should be for expenses or tax as your Government may require.
All I require is your honest and co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
I will want you to send to me on your return email the following information
for the transfer in your favour.
1, Your full Name,
2, Your contact Address
3, Your private phone ,Mobile and fax numbers for easy communicating.
5, Your age.
I await for your kind response, Please if you are interested and capable in
handling this deal with me, Due get back to me Asap with the information's.
Note that the nurture of this deal needs a very top secrecy.