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Fraud email example:
From: "qudsi adawi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 10:11:38 +0000
Subject: URGENT PLEASE.
FROM THE DESK OF ADAWI.
FOREIGN PAYMENT DEPARTMENT
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB)
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.
I am the manager foreign Payment African development Bank. I got your email
adress while searching for trustworthy contries and individuals.I wish to
seek your partnership in business because I discovered unclaim sum of $
21.1m US dollars in our bank which belonged to one of our late foreign
customer who died with his family in Paris plane crash 2000. I discovered
this while cross-checking the files of foreigners in my department since our
Federal Government has announced on the need of settling all foreign bills
to enable foreign investors to come into our country and as an order from
African Unity governed by African heads.
Since I discovered the unclaim fund and about his death, I have been
expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because our bank
cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation
to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines but unfortunately I
learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him
at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon
this discovery that I now decided to make this businness proposal to you as
to be a partner to claim the fund since nobody is coming for it and I dont
want this money to go into the Bank's treasury as unclaimed Bill.
The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclamed after four years, the money will be transfered into the Bank
treasury as unclaimed fund.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is because the
customer was not a Burkinabe and a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to
I agree that 30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, since
you are provide an account for the claim,10 % will be set aside for expenses
incured during the business which means
what ever you will spend during the transfer after it will be taken out of
and 60 % would be for me. There after I will visit your country for
disbursement accoding to the percentages indicated if agreed.
Therefore to enable the immediate trnansfer of this fund to you as arranged,
you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin with the
informations I will give you about the account and the owner/deceased.
therefore thereafter will provide your your bank name, your bank account
number, your private telephone and fax number for easy and effective
communication and location where in the money will be remitted you will
include all these in the application addressed to our remittance director to
the address of I will give you later.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you the pattern of the
application you will copy and re-send to our remittance director for the
claim. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is
hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all
required arrangements have been made for the transfer and the file of the
fund is under my desk.
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