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Fraud email example:
From: Mr.Daniel Iweala <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 09:22:57 -0700
Subject: From: Mr. Daniel Iweala (Unclaimed Fund)
From: Mr Daniel Iweala
I am sending you this private email to make a passionate appeal to you for assistance.
Kindly accept my apology for contacting you this way and forgive me if this is not
acceptable to you. My name is Daniel Iweala; I am an auditor at one of the Nigerian
On Tuesday, 19 January, 1999, one Dr. Paul Brown a foreigner, made a numbered time
(Fixed) Deposit, valued at £10,550,000.00 (Ten Million, Five Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Pounds) for twelve calendar months in my Bank 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 company that Dr. Paul Brown was aboard
the Egypt Air Flight 990, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on October 31, 1999.
After further investigation, it was discovered that he died without making a WILL and
all attempts to trace his next of kin proved abortive. On further investigation, it was
discovered that Late Dr. Paul Brown did not declare any next of kin or relatives in all
his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paper work here in our Bank. The
total sum, £10,550, 000.00 is still in my bank and the interest is being rolled over
with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim
In accordance with my country's banking laws and constitution, at the expiration of 6
(six) years, the money will revert to the Government treasury if nobody applies as the
next of Kin to claim the funds. Consequently, I shall present you as a foreign partner
to stand in as the next of kin to the late Dr. Paul Brown. Upon acceptance of this
proposal, I shall send to you the National Bank Plc "Next of Kin Payment Application
Form" as well as detailed information on how this transaction would be carried out. We
shall employ the services of a solicitor for the drafting of the LAST WILL & TESTAMENT
of Late Dr. Paul Brown and to obtain all other relevant papers in your name for the
necessary documentation for payment approval in my bank headquarters in your favour.
The money will be shared in the ratio: Sixty percent for me and my colleagues, thirty
percent for you and 10% would be set aside to offset all expenses in course of the
I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect
you from any breach of the law as I and my colleagues will use my position to guarantee
the successful execution of this transaction. Please be informed that your utmost
confidentiality is required. Should this proposal meet your interests respond back via
my private email address. <email@example.com>
Awaiting your response.
Mr. Daniel Iweala