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Fraud email example:
From: "BEN MARTHINS" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 23:50:41 +0000
Subject: CONTACT ME ASAP
I am Barrister Ben Marthins, a solicitor at law. I am practicing with
Marthins Chamber and also the personal attorney to Mr.Kenneth Joel, a
national of your country, who used
to work with Shell-development Company in Nigeria. Here in after
shall be referred to as my client.
On the 21st of April 2003, my client, his wife and their three
children were involved in a car accident along Sagamu express road.All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since
then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of
my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, to locate any member of
his family hence I contacted you.
I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money and property
left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposit were lodged.Particularly, the finance company where the deceased had an account
valued at about 11 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide
the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten
official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3
years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
the deceased since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds
of this account valued at 11 million dollars can be paid to you and
then you and me can share the money. 60% to me and 40% to you 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
conclude this deal.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch
with me by my email. Contact me immediately so that we can discuss
further about this issue.
For the Chamber.
N/B: For further enquiries, You can contact the Principal partner in person
of Mr.Ben Marthins,on his mail box:firstname.lastname@example.org.