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Fraud email example:
From: "Bas Hans" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 00:16:05 +0000
Subject: PLEASE GET BACK TO ME
Greetings and compliments.
I am Bas Hans, a solicitor at law. I was the personal attorney to Eng. Gilbert M. Reain, a national of your country who used to work with an oil servicing company here in the Netherlands thereof be referred to as my client. Eng. Gilbert M. Reain, 62 years of age made a fixed deposit of funds valued at USD$12,500,000 (Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) with a Finance Company here in Europe and unfortunately lost his life in an Egyptian charter plane Boeing 737 which crashed into the Red Sea early on January 3 shortly after taking off from the resort of Sharm
el-Sheikh, killing all the 135 passengers and 13 crew members aboard,
Ref View: ( http://english.people.com.cn/200401/04/eng20040104_131791.shtml ).
He left no clear beneficiary as Next of Kin except some vital documents related to the deposit still in my possession. Recently, the governing body of the Finance Company contacted me on this matter, requesting that I should notify the next of kin of my late client to claim the funds and I am yet to provide the Next of Kin to lay claims to the Fund. I know that my client had no living next of kin but I went ahead and made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my late client\"s extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful. Under a clear and legitimate agreement with you, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin, so that my late client\"s funds will not be confiscated by the Finance Company.
You and I can share the money, you will be entitled to 40% of the total fund for your role as the relative and next of kin of my late client, 50% for me while 10% is to be map out for any expenses that will be incurred during the clearance or process of transfer of the fund to your bank account. Be informed that there is no risk involved as all necessary legal documents that will be used to back you up as the legal beneficiary and next of kin of my late client will be procured.
All I require is your sincerity, honesty, co-operation and utmost good faith 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. Kindly, get in touch with me by my e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone to enable us discuss further. You may also send your telephone number so that I can call you.
Do not forget that a transaction of this magnitude requires utmost confidentiality and sincerity. I look forward to your urgent response.