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Fraud email example:
From: "alan davies" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 03:34:35 -0500
Subject: READ & REPLY IMMEDIATELY.
FROM: ALAN DAVIES,
We are Diplomats that use our immunity and status to safe keep special
and valuable packages and baggage in trust for reputable clients that
are honest and trustworthy. We work in collaboration with top firms and
Governments of various countries as we have earned a name as a service
whose hallmarks in reliability and confidentiality are revered.
International missions, Fellow Diplomats and Embassies of the world
have used our services to satisfaction. I decided to contact you believing
that you will become my overseas Business assocaites in
acquiring an investment placed under our management
more than seven (7) years ago.
I have worked as a diplomat for over 20 years,
within this period of time I watched with meticulous
precision on how Head of State and government
functionaries have been moving huge sums of money
with the aid of their foreign partners abroad. They
bring in these consignment and declare the content
as jewelries, Gold, Precious Stones, Family
These people have at one time or the other deposited
consignments with us and their foreign partners,
relatives and Next of Kin are Claiming most of these
consignment and a lot more are laying here unclaimed
for as much as 7 years, as no available information
to anybody except the depositors, and most of them
are dead. Since the inception of the year 2004,the Management
changed the procedure of claiming of consignments.
As soon as you are able to produce all the
information as contained in the secret file of the
company as regard the consignment containing the funds,it will be
released to you upon demand.
>From our records, more than 10 consignments
belonging to these people has been claimed in the
past six months and this is why I am seeking for
your co-operation and assistance to help execute
this pending deal which has been unclaimed for so
long as I know no one will ever come forward to
claim it because the deceased left no next of kin.
The amount in question is very small compared to
what my office has sent overseas for this people. I
will provide all the documents needed for this
purpose as I was the account officer who handled
most this transaction on behalf of this client.
For the release of the consignment, you will be invited
you for the collection, or you may insist that you want the
consignment delivered to you instead.
I hope to hear from you to enable me provide you
with the complete picture of this deal.
Funish me with the following.
Full Names/Mailing address/Telephone and fax numbers.
Expecting yor urgent Response.
Mr Alan Davies.