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Fraud email example:
From: "Barr. Steve Nwa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 14:05:07 +0000
Subject: URGENT REQUEST.
My Name is Barrister Steve Nwa(SAN), a Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney
to mrs. Ann Parker, a national of your country. I have an urgent and very
confidential business proposition for you.On December 18, 1999, an American
Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
Mrs. Ann Parker. made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar
months, valued at US$14.600,000.00(Fourteen Million, Six Hundred thousand
Dollars) in a bank. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to her
forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, I sent a reminder and
finally i discovered from her contract employers, the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation that Mrs. Ann Parker. died from a ghastly automobile
On further investigation, I found out that she died without making a WILL,
and all attempts to trace her next of kin was fruitless.I therefore made
further investigation and discovered that Mrs. Ann Parker. did not declare
any next of kin or relations in all her official documents, including her
Bank Deposit paperwork in her Bank. This sum of US$14.600,000.00 is still
sitting in her Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal
sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.
According to Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 7 (Seven) years, the money
will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to
claim this fund Consequently,
My proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next
of kin to Mrs. Ann Parker. so that the fruits of this woman's labuor will
not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple,
I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address, your
Telephone and fax number, Your age and marital Status so that the Attorney
will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in
place as the next of kin.
I will drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary
documents and letter of probate/ administration in your favour for the
transfer. I would need you as a Foreigner acting as the next of kin and sole
benefactor to the inheritance of Mrs. Ann Parker. to travel and claim this
money in a SECURITY COMPANY based in Europe which is used by her bank as an
offshore paymentcenter to the bank. The money will be paid to you for us to
share in the ratio of 50% for me and 40% for you then 10% for any expensee
that may come up. There is no risk at all as all the pape rwork for this
transaction will be done by me with my position as Attorney guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction. Please observe
utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most
profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest
my share in your country. Am waiting your urgent reply.
Thanks and regards.
Barr. Steve Nwa.
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