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Fraud email example:
From: "Steve Okon" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 08:51:56 +0000
Subject: WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY
FROM BARRISTER STEVE K.OKON CHAMBERS,
LEGAL PRACTITIONER AND PUBLIC NOTARY &
HIGH COURT REPRESENTATIVE
SUITE 203 OMEGA PLAZA, APAPA
TRANSFER OF $27M./YOU STAND AS THE NEXT
It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a suprise. This is
because we have not met before but i am inspired to sending you this email
by the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to the
two of us.
However, Here is my name, Barrister Steve Okon,the personal Attorney to the
late Engr.Steve Moore a national of Isle of Man in UK, who used to work with
Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria. On the 21st of April
1996,my client,his wife And their three children were involved in a car
accident along Sagamu/Lagos Express Road.
Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident,Since
then I have made several enquiries to several Embassies to locate any of my
clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.After these
several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to trace his relatives over the
Internet to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I
I contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and property left behind
by my client,I can easily convince the bank with my legal practice that you
are the only surviving relation of my client.Otherwise the Estate he left
behind will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this
huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an
account valued at about U$27.million U.S dollars(Twenty Seven million
U.S.America dollars).Conseqently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the
next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official
since i have been unsuccesfull in locating the the relatives for over
several years now.I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
the deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued at U$27 million U.S
dollars can be paid to your account and then you and me can share the money.
55%to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your
government may require.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
You are required to bring the following informations to enable me perfects
the documents in your favour.
(1)Your full name
(2)Your contact Address
(5) Your private phone,mobile and fax numbers for easy
[Reply to my personal email address for security purpose
firstname.lastname@example.org Or call my secretary number on
Barrister Steve Okon(Esq)