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Fraud email example:
From: "idema zongo" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 12:51:10 +0000
Subject: RE FROM DR IDEMA ZONGO.
*From The Desk Of Dr.IDEMA ZONGO.
Senior Staff In File Department,
African Development Bank A.D.B
Private Number/ 00226 78 34 14 89 .*
*Private Email/ * firstname.lastname@example.org
*PLANE CRASH WEB SITE. **
*( "REMITTANCE OF $15 MILLION U.S.A DOLLARS **CONFIDENTIAL IS THE CASE")
Compliment Of The Season, *
On a very good day. I am (Dr.IDEMA ZONGO.) a senior staff in file department
in African development bank (A.D.B).I got your contact from a Yahoo Tourist
When i was searching for a foreign partner i assured of your capability and
reliability to champion this business opportunity when i prayed to God
about you. In my department we discovered an abandoned sum of $ 15 million
U.S.A dollars ( Fifteen Million U.S.A Dollars) . In an account that belongs
to one of our foreign customer who died along with his entire family in (Friday
December 26,2004 ) in a plane crash.
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines,
*But unfortunately we learnt that all his supposed next of kin or relation
died alongside with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the
claim. It is therefore upon this discovery that I and one official in my
department now decided to make this business proposal to you and release the
money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and
subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this
money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.
The Banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after five years, the money will be transferred into the Bank
treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner.*
*And a Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. We agree that
30 % of this money will be for you as foreign partner, in respect to the
provision of a foreign account, 10 % will be set aside for expenses incurred
during the business and 60 % would be for me and my woman colleague. There
after I and my colleague will visit your country for disbursement according
to the percentages indicated.
Therefore to enable the immediate transfer of this fund to you as arranged,
you must apply first to the bank as relations or next of kin of the deceased
indicating your bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone
and fax number for easy and effective communication and location where the
money will be remitted. *
*Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of
the application I will not fail to bring to your notice that this
transaction is hitch free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear
as all required arrangements have been made for the transfer. *
*You should contact me on my number / 00226 78 34 14 89 .
immediately as soon as you receive this letter. Trusting to hear from you*
*POST SCRITUM :You have to keep everything secret as to enable the transfer
to move very smoothly in to the account you will prove to the bank. As you
finished reading this letter call me immediately so that we discuss very
well over this business. Please call me and inform me that you received my
mail, because i don't go to net always. *
Feel free to contact me through my altertive mail as