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Fraud email example:
From: "mazina jo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:55:07 -0500
Subject: ATTENTION PLEASE
I am a staff of NatWest minister Bank in London which is affiliated with
Chartered Bank PLC. In my office we discovered an abandoned sum of 10.5
million U.S. Dollars (Ten million five hundred thousand u.s dollars) in an
account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Anderson Chuck
of your country who unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska
Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on january 31 2000, including his wife and
only dughter. Since we got information about his death, we have been
expecting his next of kin or relatives to come over and claim his money
because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin
or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
Unfortunately I learnt that his supposed next of kin being his only daughter
died along with him in the plane crash leaving nobody with the knowledge of
this fund behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I
and two other officials in this department now decided to make business with
you and release the money to you as the next of kin or beneficiary of the
funds for safety keeping and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming
for it and we don't want this money to go back into Government treasury as
unclaimed bill. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that such
money remained after seven years the money will be transferred into banking
treasury as unclaimed funds.
We agreed that 35% of this money will be for you as foreign partner, while
the balance will be for me and my colleagues. I will visit your country for
the disbursement according to the percentages indicated above once this
money gets into your account. Please be honest to me and trust is our
watchword in this transaction. Note this transaction is confidential and
risk free. As soon as you receive this mail you should contact me by return
mail. Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of
these funds to you has been finalized and we also have procured all legal
documentations that can be used to back this claim. We will discuss much in
details when I do receive your response. Please in your response include
your telephone number so that i can give you a call to explain better.
Dr. J. Mazina
PLEASE REPLY ME WITH MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
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