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Fraud email example:
From: "FRED JOHNSON" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 18:52:38 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY,
My name is Mr.Fred Johnson, I am the auditor general of BANK OF AFRICA
ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE(BOA-CI) I have packaged a financialtransaction that
will benefit both of us. I got your information during my search through the
Internet for a reliable and honest person.
As the auditor general of the Bank, it is my duty to send in a financial
report to board of management of the BOA-CI,at the end of each year.While I
was conducting a standard procedural auditing report involving financial
account end of year report in our database,I discovered an amount of Three
million nine hundred and fifty thousand dollars [3,950.000.00] which was not
recorded in the financial year-end balance-sheet. this was an excess profit
made by our bank in the last quarters of the year 2007.
I have since place this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any
beneficiary. As an officer of the bank I cannot be directly connected to
this money, so this informed my contacting you for us to work together so
that you can assist and receive this money into your bank account for us to
The Money will shared in the ration of 60/40%. All I want you to do is to
stand claim as the original depositor of this fund. I am 46 years of age and
married with 3 lovely children. It may interest you to hear that I am a man
of PEACE and don't want problem, I only hope we can assist each other. If
you don't want this business offer kindly forget it as I will not contact
Note: there are practically no risk involved, it will be bank to bank
transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of
this fund who made the deposit so that this money will be documented under
your name and subsequently transferred to your designated bank account. If
you accept this offer to work with me, I will appreciate it very much. As
soon as I receive your response I will detail you on how we can achieve it
Mr. Fred Johnson