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Fraud email example:
From: "Kingsley Uzoh" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 10:27:01 +0000
Subject: RE: NEXT OF KIN
MR. KINGSLEY UZOH
ACCOUNTANT, UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.
The inspiration to contact you is simply a divine providence as I am making
this proposition because I have to seek the partnership of a resource person
to help me realize this project. I am Mr. Kingsley Uzoh, a Senior Accountant
with the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Lagos. I decided to contact you by email
because I feel that it is more secure and private.
During a recent auditing carried out in this bank, my department came across
a very huge sum of money (USD13, 780,450.00) belonging to Mr. Steve Enger of
the Nigeria Agip Oil Company who died along with his entire family on
Monday, 31st. July, 2000 in a ghastly motor accident along the Aba Port
Harcourt High way.
This fund (USD13, 780,450.00) has been dormant in his account with this Bank
without any claim of the funds in our custody either from his family,
relation or next of kin before our discovery of this development. The
Banking law here stipulates that if such money remains unclaimed for six
years, that the fund will be forfeited to the bank treasury as an unclaimed
>From the above explanation and with my position in the bank, I hereby
request you to stand as the next of kin for us to receive the USD13,
780,450.00 for our mutual benefits.
Note that it is only a foreigner that can come to claim this fund or stand
as the next of kin to late Mr. Steve Enger . Thus, I want you to stand as
the next of kin to late Mr. Steve Enger so that the USD13, 780,450.00 will
be released to you now that the bank is still expecting a next of Kin or
relative of the deceased.
Thus, in agreeing to serve as the next of kin, you will be expected to
provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new bank account
immediately to receive this fund, even an empty bank account can also serve
for this purpose.
You will receive 30% of the funds for your assistance upon the release of
the funds to your account, which will be possible, if you agree to act next
of kin in this transaction. For your information, I have in my possession,
all the necessary documents to successfully accomplish the operation. Also
bear in mind that this proposal is 100% risk free as the processing and
eventual transfer of the funds to the account that you will provide will
follow through the officially approved channel / process.
Further Information will be given to you as soon as I receive your positive