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Fraud email example:
From: Mallam Bello <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 17:36:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: VERY URGENT
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Mallam Bello, Bank Manager of Zenith Bank, Lagos,
Nigeria. I have urgent and very confidential business proposal for you.
On June 6, 1999,a Foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Kari Johnson made a numbered time
(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at
US$66,500,000.00, (Sixty-six Million, five hundred thousand Dollars)
in my branch.
Upon maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and
finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Kari Johnson died from an
Automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he
died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin
was fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered
that Mr. Kari Johnson did not declare any kin or relations in all his
official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
No one will ever come forward to claim it.
According to Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 5 (five) years, the
money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if
nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I
will like you as a Foreigner to stand in as next of kin to late Mr.
Kari Johnson. I am writing you because I as a public servant cannot
operate a foreign account or have an account more than $1 Million.
All these are to make sure that the fruits of this old man's labor
will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.
This is simple. I will like you to provide me immediately your full
names and address telephone and fax numbers and bank account details
were the funds would be transferred into. For you to be more
comfortable with this project please open a new account for I am not
out to defraud your account.
The money will be moved out for us to share in the ratio of 60% for
me and 40% for you. If you are interested, please reply back to me
with this email,( email@example.com ),I assure you that it is
riskfree Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that
this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I
shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.
(Buying of properties like houses, hotels etc).
- Mallam Bello