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Fraud email example:
From: "michael youngesq" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 00:48:05 +0000
Subject: Looking For Next Of Kin To Eng.S.J.Diaz..
YOUNG & ASSOCIATE CHAMBERS
OFFICE NO 4 EWU CRESCENT, 1ST FLOOR
TAFAWA BELEWA SQUARE
LAGOS ISLAND. LAGOS - NIGERIA
I am Mr. Michael Kazim Young of the Young & Associate Chambers, a legal
consultant. I write to you this all-important mail with due sense of
humanity and with some awareness that you will give it a favorable
This mail is written and intended to solicit your consent/assistance to be
presented as NEXT OF KIN to my Late Client, Eng. Smith.Johnson.Diaz who most
unfortunately lost his life in the HAFUN AREA OF SOMALIA, EAST AFRICA
following the December 26, 2004/January 2005 TSUNAMI WAVES that hit the
INDIAN OCEAN COASTLINE OF SOMALIA. May his gentle soul rest in everlasting
My late client was a foreign contractor to the defunct National Carrier of
Nigeria, Nigeria Airways before leaving Nigeria for Somalia February last
year. While in Nigeria, he made a fixed Deposit of Fund valued at USD7.8
(Sevent Million, eight hundred thousand United States Dollars Only) with a
Financial Institution here in Nigeria.
To the best of my knowledge after years of serving him as a personal
Attorney, He left no clear beneficiary as Next of Kin except some vital
documents Related to the Deposit which I have in my possession which will
serve to facilitate the procurement of the necessary paper works that will
place you as his next of kin.
The Governing Body of the Financial Firm have contacted me on this matter
and have requested I present them with my late client's Next of Kin to lay
claims to his Funds. I have therefore contacted you to assist in
repatriating the money left behind by my late client before they declare
them unserviceable by the Financial Institution where this huge deposit were
Under a clear and legitimate agreement with you, I shall seek your consent
to be presented as the next of Kin so that the Financial Firm will not
divert my late Clients Fund for wrong use. I have made all necessary legal
arrangements that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I
require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I
guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law.
For the sake of transparency on this matter, you are free to make immediate
contact with me on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enable you and I
make further deliberation on what percentage of the proceeds of this deal
each of us will stand to gain at the successful completion of the claims
process by you. As a matter of fact, it is a mutual deal and as such we can
share it 50% to you and 50% to me.
Upon your reply, I implore you to furnish me with the following information
to make communication easier for us.
1. YOUR FULL NAMES AND ADDRESS AND
2. YOUR CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Thank you very much for your anticipated acceptance while I expect your
Michael Young (Legal Consultant)