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Fraud email example:
From: COLLINS FREEMAN <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 20:14:40 +0400
Subject: I NEED YOUR URGENT RESPONSE
We want to transfer out of the country the sum of Ten Million United
Dollars ($10,000,000.00) from Ghana.
I want to ask you to kindly look for a reliable,capable and honest
will be fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a
account immediately to receive this money,though an empty bank account
account could serve this purpose as long its valid and outside my
more so that you will remain honest to me till the end of this
business trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let
either now or in time to come.
I am collins freeman,the external auditor of a Bank.During the course of
auditing,I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank
and since 1993 nobody has operated on this account again.After going
some old files in the records, I discovered that the owner of the
without a Heir apparent to the throne, hence the money is floating and
if I do
not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.
I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money can not be
to a local account because since the original owner was a foreigner
the money could only be approved into a foreign account.As a matter of
urgency,I will inform you the next step to take,when you indicate your
willingness and capability to go ahead in the business.I need your full
operation to make this business a success,because the management is
approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of
account,which I will give to you,upon your positive response and once I
convinced that you are capable and will meet up with the instructions
of a key
bank official who is deeply involved with me in this business.I need
strong assurance that you will never let me down.
To prove the authenticity of the business I will use my position and
to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of this money to your
account with appropriate clearance from the relevant ministries,foreign
exchange departments, embassy and Board of Internal Revenue Services.
At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total
amount,60% will be for me,while 5% will be for expenses both parties
have incurred during this process.
I look forward to your earliest reply through my private email address firstname.lastname@example.org