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Fraud email example:
From: ahmed musa <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 09:48:30 -0800 (PST)
Subject: URGENT REPLY& CONFIDENTCIAL!!!!
DIRECTOR, AUDIT AND ACCOUNTING UNIT.
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT.
UNION TOGOLIS BANK(UTB),
I am AHMED,Director and Chief Accountant for the Bills and Credits in the Foreign Remittance Department section of UNION TOGOLIS BANK,(UTB) Lome-Togo in West Africa.
There is one Captain Maxwell Mobbs who happen to be one of our client but he died last year December in a plane crash which also claimed the life of his only child,Mr. Maxwell jnr. Who untill death was the next of kin to the fathers money with Utb Bank of Africa. It is only me that knows the bank information of Mr.Maxwell and I am the only director of the Bank whos aware that Mr Maxwell and his son (nextof kin) is dead.
He left at about (US$10.5 Million) (Ten MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS)in his account. At this juncture I want to transfer this US$10.5 million into the account you have nominated. I will do the paper work here claiming that you are the next of kin to Mr. Maxwell and that you want to transfer the sum into your account abroad.
The service of an Attorney will be need to seal everything and to change the data and information in his file so as to enable us transfer it swiftly. If we employ the service of a highly Accredited Lawyer that means it will take us only 7 working days to transfer the money into your account.
He will arrange for the affidavit of support? from Ministry of Justice claiming that you are the right beneficiary of this fund. Do send your Bank particulars and your personal phone number immediately.
I and my colleague will give you 30% of the total sum of the US$10.5 million for assisting us.The transaction is 100% risk free.
N.B: PLEASE FORWARD TO ME YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER INCASE I NEED URGENT CONVERSATION WITH YOU.
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