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Fraud email example:
From: "TIMOTHY SMITH" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 16:09:55 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend
DIRECTOR, INFORMATIONS PROTOCOL
NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLUEM COMPANY
KM5, GARKI WAY, ABUJA,NIGERIA.
Dear Beloved Friend,
I am Barr;Timothy Smith, a legal practitioner, I am the personal
Mr David Via ,a nationale of your country, who used to work with
Nigeria limited,here in Nigeria. On the 27th of January 2002, my
wife and their three children were involved in Ikeja bomb blast here in
country. My client and his family unfortunately lost there lives.
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Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any
clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After
several unsuccessful attempts, I decided and do some research in the
internet, to locate any member of his family.
That is why I contacted you,and the reason why i contacted you is to
me in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client
they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these
deposits were lodged where my client deposited $I7.4 MILLION DOLLARS.
The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next ofkin or have the
Account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I
been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 Years now I seek
consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased, so that the
proceeds of this account valued at $I7.4 MILLION DOLLARS can be
to your account there in your country,then you and me can share the
have all necessary legal documents that back up the claim we may make.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please indicate your
readiness to assist me,so that all the informations about this funds
passed to you immediately.
You should send to me your full names, your private telephone
number date of birth emlpoyment status, for easy communications.And
assure me of your trust and remember that the trust in business is
confidentiality.So let it be only between me and you.If you give me
full coperation and this transaction is properly executed,I am prepared
give you 30% of the total sum for your kind assistance.60% will be for
and 10% percent will be for any expences we may incure along in
Thank you very much for your understanding.