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Fraud email example:
From: "Alex Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 22:10:26 +0000
Subject: URGENT MESSAGE
Please permit me to introduce my humble self to you,
I'm Mr. Alex SMITH, I am the Manager of
International Relation with Access Bank Nigeria
Limited, I 'm 48yrs old, I got your email address on
The Internet and my confidence reposed on you. Hope
you read this Message carefully and reply me
immediately. Although we have not met before, but I
suggest that this transaction will bring us together.
My dear, we have a customer, a foreigner but base here
in Nigeria, his Name is Mr. Hamilton Creek. He is from
Atlanta Georgia, but base here with his wife and his
two children, Mr. Hamilton has being banking with our
bank for the past 4yrs, some time August 2002, Mr.
Hamilton was on his way to his house, and
unfortunately, Mr. Hamilton ran into a Trailer load of
Groundnut Oil, and died immediately, their car got
burnt, No single soul was saved, Mr. Hamilton Creek
and his entire family was confirmed died.
My Board Directors and Board Management of Access Bank
has mandated and instructed me to look for Mr.
Hamilton Creek relation/relatives and his next of Kin
to come and claim Mr. Hamilton's Fund, Since August
2002 till date, I have been looking for Mr. Hamilton
relation's and relatives/Next of Kin to come and claim
Mr. Hamilton's Fund which he Deposited with our bank,
I have contacted his Embassy and after 3days, his
Ambassador told me that Mr. Hamilton has no relation
and no next of kin, their Ambassador told me that Mr.
Hamilton used his first son as his next of kin, but it
is quite unfortunate that Mr. Hamilton died with all
his family members. The reason why I contacted you is
thus, Mr. Hamilton is dead, and his only son whom
supposed to inherit his properties and money also,
died with him. As at this moment, nobody or Person[s]
is coming to claim this money from our bank. The
board directors and management of our bank has told me
that if nobody or person[s] apply for the claim of Mr.
Hamilton Fund, the bank will return Mr. Hamilton's
Fund into our Federal Reserve.
In the Light of the above, I want you to stand as the
Late Mr. Hamilton; I want you to act as the Hamilton's
Brother, so that you will inherit Mr. Hamilton Money
which he deposited with our bank, it might interest
you to know that Mr. Hamilton has a Domiciliary Bank
Account with our Bank and he has a total sum of
US$9.2M Nine Million Two Hundred Dollars, this is the
exact amount which late Mr. Hamilton has in his
domiciliary Account, and this money is still in his
account as unclaimed money.
This transaction is very easy and simple, and it is
100% risk free, I'm the
Manager for International Relations with Access Bank
of Nigeria Limited, and the Management and Board
Directors of the Bank are waiting for me to provide to
them the Relation or next of Kin to late Mr. Hamilton,
of which I told them that I am still searching the
next of kin to the deceased. Finally, if you are
interested with this transaction, I will front you to
the bank as the only next of kin to late Mr. Hamilton,
and I will let the bank know that you are the only
right person to inherit late Mr. Hamilton Funds and
properties. If you agree with me, I will present you
to my bank as the rightful person/next of kin to Late
Mr. Hamilton, and all Mr. Hamilton Properties and his
Money US$9.2M Nine Million Two Hundred Thousand
Dollars will be Transferred into your own Account as
Mr. Hamilton next of kin.
If you are interested, just email me. If you are
interested, late Mr. Hamilton Funds will be credited
into your Account. So reply me immediately and let me
know what you say. Feel free to ask any questions. We
will share Late Mr. Hamilton Funds 50-50; you will
take 50% of the US$9.2M. Which is US$4.600, 000.00
Four Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars, while the
Balance of the same amount will be mine.
I will be waiting for your immediate response,
Thanks and have a nice day.
With immense regards,