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Fraud email example:
From: "maria stevens" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 18:34:13 +0000
Subject: Re: very important!!!
if you do not have such relative,the bank is only awaiting to see you, in
other for them to make release to you personally where by you are having the
same sur name.
>From: "Pastor Robert Ised" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: "maria stevens" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: very important!!!
>Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 12:24:58 +0100
>I have no such relative
>On 8/1/06, maria stevens <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>My name is Mr Idokko L.Stevens a Banker and accountant with BTDBANK Lome
>>Togo. I am the personal accounts manager to Late Engr T.A.Ised !, a
>>of your country , who used to work with an oil servicing company here in
>>Togo. My client, his wife, and their three children were involved in the
>>fated Kenya Airways crash in the coasts of Abidjan years ago in which all
>>passengers on board died.
>>Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of
>>clients extended relatives but has been unsuccessful. After several
>>unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over the
>>see if I could locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. Of
>>particular interest is this huge deposit with our bank here in,where the
>>deceased has an account valued at about ($4 million US dollars).They have
>>issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or the bank will declare the
>>account unservisable and thereby send the funds to the bank treasury.
>>Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over years
>>I will seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased
>>since you have the same last names, so that the proceeds of this account
>>valued at ($4 million USdollars) can be paid to you and then you and I can
>>share the money.
>>All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal
>>I guarantee that this will be executed under all legitimate arrangement
>>will protect you from any breach of the law. If you can handle this with
>>reach me now through this email account. In your reply mail, give to me
>>date of birth,Private Phone number & fax numbers.
>>Thanking you for your anticipated cooperation.
>>Mr Idokko L.Stevens
>>Tel. 00 228 900 6393.
>>NB/PLS I AM THE ONE THAT TOLD MY WIFE TO UPDATE YOU ABOUT THIS
>>SHE DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN VERY WELL.THIS IS WHY I HAVE TO INFORM
>>GET BACK TO ME SOONEST FOR MORE DETAILS.
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