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Fraud email example:
From: "ali mustafar" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2005 17:54:58 +0100
Subject: CAN YOU BE MY PARTNER?
Dr ALI MUSTAFAR.
Office of Auditor General,
Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc.,
54 Marina Street Lagos-Nigeria
I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On May 20,
1999, an Iraqi Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the NIGERIAN MINNING
COOPERATION Mr. Dara Baraz. Made a numbered time (Fixed deposit) for 24
calendar months, valued at US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Us dollars only) in
Upon maturity in 2001, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After amonth,we sent a reminder and finally we
discovered from his contract employers,the NIGERIAN MINNING COOPERATION that
Mr. Dara Baraz died as a result of torture in the hand of Sadam Hussein
during one of his trips to his country Iraq.
On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL,
and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.
I thereforemade further investigation and discovered that Mr. Dara Baraz did
not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including
his Deposit paperwork.
This sum of US$10,000,000.00 has been floating as unclaimed since 1999 as
all efforts to get his relatives have hit the stones.
According to the Nigerian law at the expiration of 6 (six) years, the money
to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the
fund and the six years is the end of January 2006.
Consequently, my proposal is that I want to seek your consent as a foreigner
to stand in as the owner of the money as the next of kin to the deceased so
that the bank will transfer the money to your designated account.
All documents and proves to enable you get this fund will be carefully
worked out. I have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate
any of the deceased beneficiaries, and more so I are assuring you that the
business is risk free involvement. Your sharestays while the rest be for me
and for investment purpose, as I will leave Nigeria by the
end of the year.
The sharing of the funds will be based According to agreement within you and
me. As soon as I receive an acknowledgement of receipt of this message in
acceptance of our mutual business proposal, I will furnish you with the
necessary modalities and disbursement ratio to suit both parties without any
conflict. If this proposal is acceptable by you,do not take undue advantage
of the trust I have bestowed in you.
Kindly reply me back through my private email address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. ALI MUSTAFAR