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Fraud email example:
From: "Mr James Owusu" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 05:36:10 +0000
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE
>From The Desk Of,
Mr James Owusu.
My name is Mr James Owusu . I am the Regional Manager of Ghana west Africa
Bank Ghana, accra branch Ghana. I write you this proposal in good faith; I
am married with two lovely children. I am a man of peace, and have sincere
respect for human feelings and opinions. I have packaged a financial
transaction that will benefit you and I. As the Regional Manager of Ghana
west Africa Bank , accra branch Ghana it is my duty to send in a financial
report to my head office in the capital city, Accra at the end of each
On the course of last year, 2005 business report, I discovered that the
branch in which I am the Manager made 9.3million United States Dollars
($9,300,000.00) which my head office is not aware of and will never be aware
of. I have placed this funds on what we call Escrow call account with no
beneficiary. As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to
this money, so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money
in your bank account and get 30% of the total funds as commission.
There are practically no risks involved, the transaction will be executed
under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, it will be
simply a bank-to-bank transfer, and all I need from you is to stand claim as
the original depositor of these funds who made the deposit with my branch so
that my head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account
under few working days. If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it
very much as you are the first and the only person I am contacting for this
send me an email as soon as you receive this message if you think so that we
can go over the details.
Thank you in advance and may God bless you and your family.
Mr James Owusu.
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