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Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 12:44:30 -1200
Subject: RE: Newell & Justice P.A
RE: Newell & Justice P.A
I have a proposal for you. However is not mandatory nor will
I in any manner compel you to honour it against your will. I
am 52yrs, and I am an Attorney in NEWELL & JUSTICE P.A law
firms in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
I have a client who died on a plane crash in 2003, who is a
citizen of your country. My late client was an Ecowas
contractor and Oil consultant here in Benin before his
The bank manager of the deceased has notified my law firm to
locate any member or relative of the deceased so that the
bank can transfer the funds of my late client to his people.
The amount at the moment and plus all the accumulated
interest in this account stands at $13 million
I have tried my best to locate any member or extended family
relation of my late client for all these past years but it
is not possible. Now I want a bank account overseas where
the bank will transfer these funds immediately before the
account will be declare as unserviceable and the funds
returned into our government treasury. I will present you as
the next of kin of my late client to the bank so that you
can receive this fund for our mutual benefit.
Now, I want to ask if you can handle this transaction with
me in good faith. Can I give you this trust? Consider this
and get back to me as soon as possible. I will give you
details and modalities on how to proceed when I get your
N/B: I will provide you with all the necessary legal
procedural papers that will proof the claim that you are the
next of kin/rightful beneficiary of the estate of the
deceased. The process will not last more than 10 working
days and the funds will be in your designated account for
our mutual benefit. All I need is for you to guarantee me of