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Fraud email example:
From: robert moye <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 09:05:21 +0200
Subject: In Regards To Your Family Name
Dear Sir,With warm hearts I offer my friendship and my greetings, and I hope this letter meets you in good time. However, I am sincerely seeking your confidence in this transaction, which I propose with my free mind and as a person of integrity.
I got your contact as a result of my discreet search for an associate who can help Me. I know this letter must come to you as a surprise, more so that we have not met before.My name is Mr. Robert Moye a South African citizen and a Manager with a Finance and Investment Firm based in South Africa. Our primary aim is to secure our clients funds and to ensure that it is wisely invested in safe and non speculative projects that would yield maximum returns and less tax.
In all instances, Most of our client may request some confidentiality especially if they are serving or retired public servants as is the case with this client of ours who happened to share the same family name with you, died in Indonesia as a result of the Tsunami disaster while on a business trip. Our client died without any WILL and till date nobody has been able to locate any of his relatives despite several inquiries. The deceased had an asset account valued at Twenty million, five hundred thousand (USD$20.5m) United States Dollars.
Unfortunately this man has no WILL as to his inheritance in Johannesburg, South Africa.The Company has made every effort to trace his relatives over the Internet and locate any member of his family but to no avail.The company has issued a notice of claim for the Next of Kin to come forward or the deposit would be reverted to the government. Since the Companys effort to locate any of his relative has been unsuccessful, thus seek your consent to present you as the NEXT OF KIN, SINCE YOU HAVE THE SAME FAMILY NAME WITH THE DECEASE, this proceeds valued at USD$20.5 Million Dollars will be paid to you and 10% will be donated to the orphanage, instead of forfeiting it to the government.You will be entitle to 20%, 5% will be to off set every expenditure that we might incure as a result of this transaction while the remaining 65% will be for me for investment purposes under your trustee.I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTLY RISK FREE, as all legal and necessary documents to back up your claims as the Next of Kin will be procured on your behalf through the Probate office here in South Africa.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and my self who is the architect of the transaction.I await your urgent response so that we can contact the Finance Firm immediately to put a stop to every action in declearing the fund Unclaimed.Best regards,Robert Moye
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