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Fraud email example:
From: "Andrew Davids" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 12:04:03 +0000
Subject: Final Notification of Bequest
Solicitor,Advocate and Notary Public
Office: 10 snow hill, London
EC1A ,2A1,ENGLAND 96 DX
Last and Final Notification of Bequest
Congratulation! On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late
Engr. Roland Carpenter, I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter
to you through the Post Office was returned undelivered, therefore I now
attempt to reach you via your email address as it appears to be the next and
the only option left unexplored.
Engr. Roland Carpenter (late), made you a beneficiary in his will, he left
Three Million one Hundred United States Dollars (US$3.100.000.00) to you in
the codicil and last testament to his will. My client,Engnr Carpenter was a
pioneer member of STRABAG CONSTRUCTION CO.LTD,a dedicated Christian and
Philanthropist. He died on the 9th day of February 2002 at the age of 82 and
his Will is now ready for execution.
Please If I reach you as I am hopeful I will, endeavor to get back to me as
soon as possible to enable me conclude my job,you should forward along your
current telephone and Fax numbers, your current mailing address.
You can contact me through my private emil address:email@example.com
Once again, I congratulate you for this is a significant honor indeed as it
behooves you herefore to act at once to avoid risk of forfeiture to the
Yours In Service
Andrew David (Sectional Head)
Probate and Bequest Division For: TRAVERS ROLAND
BRAITHWAITE & PARTNERS