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Fraud email example:
From: "skynet links" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 00:15:55 +0000
You may be surprised at receiving this unsolicited mail
from me, but I'm making this contact based on the
requirement of a foreign account to transfer the money
in your account and i
strong believe in your person as my only hope of
getting this problem solved at last. Please take a
logical consideration of this issue and reason with
me. I am Mr. Tony Brownson, an accountant in UNION BANK
OF NIGERIA PLC. I am
the personal accountant to Mr.Adreas Peterman, A
manager of European Commission [sponsored
ECOWAS Statistics Development Project in Nigeria.
On the 21st of October 2005, my client and his wife
were involved in Belleview Flight[flight number 3210]
accident going to ABUJA from LAGOS. All occupants of
the flight unfortunately lost there lives. Since then
I have made several enquiries to embassy [GERMANY] to
locate any of my clients relatives. This has
proved unsuccessful. I came to know you through
an enquiry I made on the internet, and i decided to
contact you in order to assist in repatriating the
money and the properties left behind by my client
before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable
by the bank. Particularly, UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC
where the deceased had an account valued at about
US$11.560 million Dollar. The money will be shared on
the ratio of 50% for me, and 45%
for you 5% for expenses.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used
to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your
honest co-operation to enable us see this business
through. 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
email and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to
enable us discuss further about the details of this
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