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Fraud email example:
From: Solomon Annan <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 13:11:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Your response is needing
>From the desk of
It is my pleasure to seek for your assistance, and you should consider it is very important. This is an opportunity I would want us to utilize well. I am Mr Solomon Annan, an officer in charge of Auditing and Accounting section with International commercial bank LTD Ghana, and also a Relationship Account Officer to Dr Salim Chidiac, a Lebanese.
He was a Seasoned Contractor with Ghana Cement Company in Ghana Republic, who unfortunately died in the plane crash of Union Transport Africans Flight Boeing 727 in Benin republic in December 25, 2003. You will read more stories about the crash on visiting this website:www.CNN.com/2003/WORLD/Africa/12/26/Benin.crash/
Before his death on the 25Th December 2003, Dr Salim Chidiac, has a fixed deposit account with the bank and no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me that his supposed next of kin also died along with him in the crash. Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you. I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank to the government. Consequently, Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 7 weeks now. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$22.5 million can be paid to you and then, you and I can share the money in proportion 70% to me and 30% to you.
I sincerely request your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me from any breach of the law. While it will take only 14 working days the funds will be in your nominated Bank account. You should forward the following information to me for a quicker communication.
A. Your Full Name
B. Private Telephone and Fax Number
C. Your Full Location Address
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