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Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:39:54 +0000
Subject: Attention: Dear !!
I MAKE THIS APPEAL WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT ANY FACTS OR OPINION
EXPRESSED BY ME ARE GIVING IN CONFIDENCE AND SOLELY FOR YOUR PERSONAL
INFORMATION AND USE.
I am Mrs. Sokhna Williams, the manager of bill and exchange at the foreign
remittance department of my Bank. In my department I discovered an abandoned
sum of US$8.5M,(Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) with
account number 14-2558-5976 that belongs to one of our foreign customers who
died along with his wife and only daughter in a plane crash of Alaska
Airlines Flight number 261 which crashed on 31 January, 2000. You shall read
more about the crash on visiting this site
http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/ the owner of this
account is Mr. Morris Thompson an American and great industrialist and a
resident of Alaska.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this business
proposal to you and for our bank to release the money to you. You have to
follow the instruction which I will send to you as the next of kin or
relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody
is coming for it and I don't want this money to go into our bank treasury as
The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after Ten years, the money will be transferred into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund. The money has now stayed more than three years
and I am preparing documentation to prove that this money has been
transferred to our bank treasury. It will be between me and you only that
will know that the money is not transferred into our treasure. The request
of foreigner as next of kin in this transaction is occasioned by the fact
that the customer was a foreigner and a Senegalese cannot stand as next of
kin to a foreigner.
In appreciation of your assistance, I am offering you 30% of the total sum.
5% for contingencies cost of transfer/other charges likely to be incurred
during the course of transaction, while the remaining 65% is for me.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of
the application which you will complete and forward to our bank asking for
this money to be paid to you as the next of kin to Mr. Morris Thomson. I
will not fail to bring to your notice that this transaction is hitch-free
and that you should not entertain any fear as all required arrangements have
been made for the transfer.
You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this mail through
the above email. ( email@example.com )
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER MY
Mrs. Sokhna Williams.