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Fraud email example:
From: "JOHN ROBINSON" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:03:15 +0000
Subject: URGENT.....J. B. de Jong CALL ME .... 00228 930 73 85.
Dear Gijs de Jong ,
I am Barrister John Robinson , a solicitor at law, personal attorney to
Engr J . B .de Jong , a national Of your country,who used to work as a
contractor in Lome Togo. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On
the 30th of April 2002, my client, were involved in a car accident along
Kpalime express Road.
All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I
have made several enquiries here to locate any of my clients extended
relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
unsuccessful attempts,I decided to search through with his name which
motivated me to contact you, to locate any member of his family hence I
I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at US$20.5
million left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared
unserviceable by the Security Finance Firm(bank) where this huge amount were
The said Security Finance Company has issued me a notice to provide the next
of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official
working days Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for
over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the
deceased since you have the same last names, so that the proceeds of this
account can be paid to you. Therefore, on receipt of your positive
response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for
transfer. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to
back you up for claim.
All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
transaction goes through and for more details.
KINDLY GIVE ME A SHORT CALL AFTER GOING THROUGH THIS MAIL. TELEPHONE NUMBER.
00228 930 73 85.
phone number.. ..............
JOHN ROBINSON (ESQ)
ROYAL CHAMBER LOME TOGO
LOME TOGO WEST AFRICA
TELEPHONE NUMBER. 00228 930 73 85.
PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS;email@example.com
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