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Fraud email example:
From: "lawre donnel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2008 01:35:39 +0100
I Am Mr. Lawrence Donnell the Manager, Bills And Exchange at the Foreign
Remittance Department in a Bank. Actually, I have a very urgent &
confidential Business Proposition for you & for our overall mutual
interest.On the 6th of March 2001, our Customer, an American National,late
.Douglas .J. Stone, an Oil Merchant / Contractor with the Federal Government
of Nigeria, deposited, a valued amount of US$32Million in my branch. Upon
maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got no
reply. After a month we sent a reminder, &
finally we discovered from his contract employers NNPC, that late Douglas
.J.Stone ,until his death six years ago in a ghastly terrorist attack to
AmericanAirlines Flight 11, from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles,
California, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC)
with 86 people on board. All occupants of the Aeroplane unfortunately lost
their lives. On further nvestigation, I found out that he did notleave a
WILL and all attempts to trace his Next of kin were ruitless. I therefore
made further investigation and discovered that late.Douglas .J. Stone, did
not declare any Next of kin in all his official documents.This sum
US$32Million is still floating in the bank and the interest is being rolled
over with the principal sum at the end of each year.
No one will come forward to claim it. According to Nigerian Laws, at the
expiration of 7years, the money will revert to the Ownership of the Nigerian
Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently,my proposal is
that i will like you as a foreigner to stand in as a Next
of kin of late Douglas .J. Stone. This is simple. All I require is
yourhonest and co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee
that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect
you from any breach of the law. I will want you to send to me on your return
email the following information for the transfer in your favor.
1. Your full names as the Beneficiary of the Fund.
2. Your contact address.
3. Your private phone and fax numbers,
Let's consider that our ratio of sharing will be as stated Thus;
1. I as the Originator of the Fund will take 50% of the transferable Fund.
2. You as the Manager of the Fund will take 50% of the transferable Fund.
Most importantly, CONFIDENTAILITY as what I saw as the life wire to the
success of the transfer of this Fund must have to be emulated between you
and me. You have to use this media to promise me that you will not in anyway
expose the content of this transaction to anybody be it your Friends,
Colleagues and Co-Workers.I will also want you to send your reply to this
email (email@example.com) as soon as you get this mail to enable
us discuss on the modalities and processes for success of this transaction.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation and understanding.
I wait for your kind response.Thanks And Remain blessed.
Mr. Lawrence Donnell