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Fraud email example:
From: harry jones <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 13:02:45 +0100 (BST)
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL/ASSISTANCE, Call urgenty
I am Mr,Harry Jones. the Auditor General of AD.BANKS Lome-Togo. During the course of our auditing I discovered a floating fund in the tune of ($ 52,000.000.00 SD) Fifty two million United States Dollars) in an account opened in the bank in 1990 and since 1993 nobody has operated on this account again, after going through some old files in the records, I discovered that the owner of the account died without a [heir] hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.
The owner of this account is Mr. R.P.Peroutka,an industrialist, and he died since 1993 when there was a political riot here in Togo.No other person knows about this account or anything concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that Mr. R.P.Peroutka until his death was the manager (CIMTOGO) a cement manufacturing compay here in Togo.
Upon showing your unreserved interest, We will start the first transfer with twenty- two million [$22,000.000] and upon successful transaction without any disapointment from your side.
we shall re-apply for the payment of the remaining rest amount
into the account you'll provide
I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local person here, without valid international foreign passport, but can only be approved to any foreigner with valid international passport or drivers license
and foreign account.
The former owner of the account Mr. R.P.Peroutka was a foreigner too, [and the money can only be approved into a foreign account However, we will sign a binding agreement, to bind us
so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently. Send to me also in response to this email
Your private telephone number,
Your private fax number,
Your permanent home address
Your marital status,
Your occupation /position
Your age and including the full details of the account to be used to receive this money in your country.
I need your full co-operation to make this work out succesfully fi because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this account, which I will give to you upon your positive response and once I am convinced that you are capable and will meet up with
instruction of a key bank official who is deeply
involved with me in this business.
I need your strong assurance that you will never, never let me down. With my influence and position in the bank,and with the
bank official, we can transfer this money to any foreigner's reliable account which you can provide with assurance that this money will be intact pending our physical arrival in your country for sharing.
The bank official will destroy all documents of transaction immediately we transfer this money leaving no trace to any place. Most importantly, to build confidence you can as well come down here immediately so that we can both discuss face to face after
which this remittance in your presence and three of us will fly to your country at least two days ahead of the money going into the account.
I will apply for annual leave together with my partner in the bank to obtain visa immediately I hear from you that you are ready to act and receive this fund in your account. I will use my position and influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance from the relevant ministries and foreign exchange departments.
At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 35% of the total amount, 60% will be for me and my partner, while 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transfering.
I look forward to your earliest reply through my email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately you receive this mail to declear your interest.
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