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Fraud email example:
From: "Ahmed Sani" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 17:13:31 +0100
Subject: [SPAM?] Good Day Van
FROM THE DESK OF AHMED / WILLIAMS CHAMBERS.
ALTERNATE E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile phone#: 234-803-4103438
PLEASE MY DEAR,IT IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT YOUR REPLY THROUGH THE
ALTERNATIVE EMAIL(email@example.com), FOR SECURITY
Good Day Van,
I am BARRISTER ALHAJI AHMED (ESQ) Solicitor and Notary Public. I am
the Personal Attorney to Mr. FREDRICK Van,who is a National of
your country,who used to work with Oil Company in Nigeria. On the
21st of April 1999,my client, his wife and their only son involved
in a car accident along Sagamu/Lagos Unfortunately, they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives and this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his
relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but
of no avail, hence I contacted you. I 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
these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly,the Bank where the
deceased had an account valued at about $10million dollars.
Conseqently,the bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin
or have the account confiscated within a short time.
Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for over
some years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of
kin of the deceased since you bear the same name with him, so that the
proceeds of this account valued at $10 million dollars can be paid
to you for both of us to share the money; 55% to me and 35% to you,
while 10% should be for expenses or tax as your government may
require.I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to
backup the claim.
All I require is your honest cooperation 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. Please
get in touch with me through my email to enable us discuss further
and i will also like you to indicate your interest by sending your:
(a)Full name and address, (b)Your private telephone and fax number,
(c)Age and sex.
With these informations from you,we will proceed with this
transaction as the next of kin to late Mr Fredrick.
BARRISTER ALHAJI AHMED (ESQ)
Alternate Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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