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Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:43:35 -0700
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED
THE DESK OF,
REV FATHER VINCE EBY
PARISH PRIEST,ST.PAUL'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
GBAJA SURULERE, LAGOS-NIGERIA
It is with trust and believe that I write to you, though I don't know you
neither have I seen you before, but my confidence was reposed on you.I am
REV FATHER VINCE EBY a friend to LATE MR DANIEL ROSSETTI,a National of your
Country.He was also a Contractor with one of the Government Parastatals,
who excuted a contract with the OIL REFINERY COMPANY (O.R.C) here in Nigeria
before his death.
Unfortunately,my client died during the incident at the World Trade Center
(WTC) in United States of America( USA).On the 11th of september 2001,as
all known ,may his soul rest in peace.You can have a look at the picture
of World Trade center incident (SEP.9-11 http://www.september11victims.com).
Uptill today none of his relatives has come forward to claim his contracts
fund with the OIL REFINERY COMPANY (O.R.C).I his friend have made several
enquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also
proved unsuccessful, as he has no wife.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you to help
me and claim this money valued at US$15.4 Million as the next of kin of
my late lovely friend before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable
by the ORC.
Moreoverly,I have all necessary information/documents for the claim. All
I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction
through. I guarantee you that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Your response is only
what I am waiting for,as I have put all machineries that will be instrumental
to the success of the transaction in motion.Also I would be grateful if
this mail will be favoured with an earlier reply,all I need from you is
to furnish me with your contact information such as:your direct phone and
fax number for fast communication.
However,i am compensating you with 30% of the total amount, now all my hope
is banked on you and I really wants to invest this money in your country,
were there is stability of Government, political and economic welfare.
NOTE: I know there may be scams and junk mails flying here and there on
the internet but certainly, this is not one of them.Now I urge you to take
this message serious and with an open mind, with good faith and trust. Join
me and am assuring you now that you will never be disappointed.
Yours Brother in Christ,
REV FATHER VINCE EBY
NB:Please kindly contact me on my alternative email:(email@example.com)
for more details and documentation.Awaiting to hear from you soonest.
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