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Fraud email example:
From: "ELec Contacter" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 12:21:14 +0000
Wetton and Associates
I am Jackson White, Attorney to Mr. Olaf Partetzke, a German Contractor with
the British Pertroleum Corporation, United Kingdom. I have an important
business proposition for you.
My Client, Mr. Olaf Partetzke died in the London blast of July 7th, 2005 and
He made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued
at GBP£12.5m in Barclays Bank, Camden Town, London Branch which expired
October 30th 2005. Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his
forwarding address but got no reply. After a month precisely November 2005,
I sent another reminder and still had no response. From file, he died
without making a will and all attempts to trace his next of kin has been
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Olaf
Partetzke did not declare any next of kin or relations in any of his
official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my possession.
This sum of GBP£12.5m is currently unclaimed. From experience no one will
ever come forward to claim it and according to inheritance Laws of the
United Kingdom, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the money will revert
to the ownership of the Local Government Authorities here in London, United
Kingdom, if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you to stand in as the next of
kin to Mr. Olaf Partetzke so that the funds can be claimed. How is it
possible? It is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full
names, telephone numbers and a brief description about yourself. We can then
arrange for the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in
place as the next of kin. I shall draft and notarize a will in your favour
and also secure all the necessary documents for the transaction.
An order can then be sent to the Bank to pay the money into any specified
account of our choice and we share in the ratio 30:60 and 10% for expenses
that we would jointly incur towards the completion of the business. There is
no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by
myself. If you are interested, please reply immediately to my private email
boxs : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon your response, I shall give you a number to call me for further
discussions. You should please observe utmost confidentiality of the
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Thanks and regards.