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Fraud email example:
From: sam dada <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 19:39:30 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Dear Friend, FROM UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (NIG) PLC,
FROM THE DESK OF THE CHIEF ACCOUNTANT,
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (NIG) PLC,
5 TINUNBU STREET, V/ISLAND.
Urgent Assistance Required.
My name is Mr.Sam Dada . I am the chief Accountant with UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (NIG) PLC, here in Nigeria. I would want to use this medium after going through your profile to seek for assistance in a business transaction which is of mutual benefit. A foreigner late Mr.David McGrath who is from United State,an Oil Merchant/ Contractor with the Federal Government of Nigeria, until his death in a ship mishap on the 2nd of May 1999, who banked with us at our Bank and had a closing balance of US$21.5 Million, which the bank now expect any of his available next of kin to claim. To this regards, I have been directed by the board of Trustees of the Bank to notify the diseased next of kin, which I have done and found out that he has no next of kin, which means that this funds will be lost to the government, which we all know will be stolen.
In order to avert this development I deem it fit to consult you also to present you as the late Mr.David McGraths Next of Kin so that the fund will be subsequently transferred and paid into your foreign account. On indicating your interest, all documents and proofs to enable you get this funds will be carefully worked out and I am assuring you a 100% risk free transaction.
You will be allowed to retain 30% of the total amount after the transaction.
If this proposal is okay by you mail me as soon as possible to enable me furnish you with relevant details to this transaction.
Note: This transaction will only last us 10 working days. You are expected to forward to me,
Your Full Names.........
Your Full Contact Address.......
Your Personal phone/ Fax number of easy communication.
Kindly contact me through this mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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