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Fraud email example:
From: "Ron Satterly" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 09:15:25 +0000
Subject: Lange get back to me .
SATTERLY CHAMBERS & ASSOCIATES
# 2 Fikay Avenue Garki Abuja,
E-mail : email@example.com
Dear Lange ,
Before I start, I must first apologize for this unsolicited mail to you.I am
aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to establishing a
relationship, but you will realize the need for my action. My name is
Barrister Ron Satterly, a solicitor and the personal attorney to Late
Mr.Thomas Lange. A citizen of your country,who worked with an oil company
in(Chevron Development Company). Here-in-after referred to as my client. On
the 21st of April 2000, My client, His wife and their three children were
involved in a ghastly motor accident .
My client and His entire family unfortunately lost their lives in the
accident. Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate
any of my client's extended relatives, which has proved abortive.After these
several unsucessful attempts,I deemed it fit to contact you.My main reason
for contacting you is to assist me in repatriating and claiming the money
and property left behind by my client before they are declared unserviceable
or confiscated by the Bank where they are deposited/lodged.Because the
security company is threatening. Particularly,the security compay, where the
deceased has a fixed sum of Ten Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States
The said Bank has issued me a final notice to provide the next of kin to my
client or they will be left with no other choice than to confiscate his
funds.A copy of the said Bank notice I will fax or email to you on getting
your reply. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating my client's relatives
for the,past 3 years now I seek your consent and collaboration to present
you as the Next of Kin of my late client going by the fact that both of you
have the same nationality,so that the said funds as stated above i.e, the
sum of Ten Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars can be paid
to you instead of leaving it for this security company.
Then we could share the money and I invest my share in any lucrative
business in your country.I have all necessary Legal provisions and Document
that will be used to back up any claim I / We may make. All I require is
your honest cooperation to enable us see this arrangement through, thorough
and successful.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. In
anticipation of your urgent reply, I wish you all the Best.
Barrister Ron Satterly(Esq)
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