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Fraud email example:
From: Adams Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 14:08:46 +0000
Subject: I seek for your consent
THE DESK OF MR.ADAMS DAVIS
BILL AND EXCHANGE,
BARCLAYS BANK UNITED KINGDOM. Hello, I
humbly crave your indulgence in sending you this mail,if the contents
does not meet with your personal and business ethics,I apologise in
advance. this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly "CONFIDENTIAL
AND TOP SECRET". Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude
will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that
all will be well at the end of the day. I
have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction, as
I have been reliable informed of your discreteness and ability in
transaction of this nature. Let me start first, introduce myself
properly to you. I am Mr.Adams
Davis, of Dept of Bill and Exchange with Barclays Bank In United Kingdom.
I need your consent to handle this transaction because it entails large
amount of funds($6.4 Million Dollars) deposited by a deceased customer
in our bank who died long time ago but has an open beneficiary mandate
on his file though,there has not been anyone from his family to make
claim of this funds but i am sure he has no immediate family because i
have tried all i could to contact them but to no avail. THE PROPOSITION: I
wish to know if we can work together.I would like you to stand as next
of kin to my deceased client, who was among the people that lost their
life in Egypt air crash 1999,some years ago with the wife. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/502503.stm He
made some deposits to my bank,and died without any registered next of
kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate. More
over it appears you are related to him by the virtue of your names.If
you are interested you do let me know so that I can give you
comprehensive details on what we are to do. I urgently hope to get your response.
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