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Fraud email example:
From: "kenneth nkwocha" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 11:06:08 +0200
*I am barrister Kenneth nkwocha a solicitor at law. On
the 12st of April
1999, my client, his wife and their three children
were involved in a car
accident along Sagbamu express road. All occupants of
the vehicle unfortunately
lost their lives.
Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any
of my clients
extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful.
After these several
unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you.
I have contacted 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 deposits were lodged,
particularly the standad trust Bank of
Nigeria Plc. where the deceased had an account valued
at about US$7.5million
dollars. I have been issued a notice by the bank to
provide the next of kin to
my late client or have the account confiscated after
three years if not
claimed and We have just one year left.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 1 year now
I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin
of the deceased since
you are a foreigner so that the proceeds of this
account valued at US$7.5million
dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can
share the money. 65% shall
be for me and 30% for you while 5% is earmarked for
expenses that will be
incurred during the process of transfer of the fund. I
have all necessary legal
documents that can be used to back up any claim we may
All I require is your honest co-operation 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.
Get back to me through my private e-mail:
*it to enable us discuss further. You may also, send your
phone number so that I
can call you. I look forward to your urgent response.*