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Fraud email example:
From: "James Nana" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 18:45:10 -0800
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED
The Regional Manager,
Barclays Bank of Ghana,
I wish to contact you on a good business which I want you to assist me
and receive this fund into your bank account in your country from the good
report received about you and believing that this will really work out
between both of us.
I am the manager of Barclays Bank of Ghana Ltd in Tema branch, a family
man and a man of peace. I discovered this money five million five hundred
and forty united state dollars (USD$5.540.000.00) On the course of the last
year 2007 business financial report and I have packaged a transaction that
will be of mutual benefit to us.. As the regional manager of Barclays Bank
of Ghana Tema branch, it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head
office in the capital city Accra at the end of each business year and I have
placed this funds on what we call Escrow Call Account with no beneficiary.
As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money,
so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your bank
account and get 35% of the total funds as commission.Please there is no risk
involved, if you can work with my instructions and this business will be a
bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from you is to stand claim as the original
depositor of these funds who made the deposit with my branch so that my head
office will order the transfer to your designated bank account.
If you accept to work with me on trust I will appreciate it very much.
Email me with the above email address so that we can go over the details.
Thanks for your attention and I wait to hear from you so soon.
Mr. James Nana.