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Fraud email example:
From: "Hoque Hassan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 01:06:39 +0800
Subject: From Hassan Hoque
HASS & ASSOCIATES
SUITE 12.05, LEVEL 12, MENARA TJB
NO 9, JALAN SYED MOHD MUFTI
80000 JOHOR BAHRU
I am Hassan Mohammed Hoque, An Attorney at law based in Malaysia, South East
Asia, My late client was a private oil consultant/ contractor with the Shell
Petroleum Development Company in Malaysia before his death. My client, his
wife and his three children lost their life in the 2004 tsunamis natural
disaster while on their holiday in Phuket Thailand. It may interest you to
know that my client died "in testate".
I decided to contact you purely on the personal conviction of trust and
confidence to assist in distributing the money left behind by my client.The
deceased had a deposit valued presently at (US $3,500,000) and his Bank has
issued me a notice to provide his next of kin or beneficiary by will,
otherwise the account would be confiscated.
My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as a
relative/next-of-kin and beneficiary of my client, so that the proceeds of
this account could be paid to you.
Then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage. All legal
documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kin will be
provided.All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral
values,do accept my apology.I must use this opportunity to implore you to
exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary
confidential, whatever your decision, while I await your prompt response.
Please contact me at once to indicate your interest via my personal E-mail
Hasssan M. Hoque