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Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 15:08:11 +0200
Subject: ***MR KELLY***
Mr. Kelly Isidingo
ABSA Bank Limited,
Johannesburg, South Africa.
I am Mr. Kelly Isidingo
manager of bills/exchange at the
department of ABSA Bank. In my department, we
abandoned sum of US$14,700,000.00 (Fourteen Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only) in an account that
belonged to one of our
foreign customers who died along with his entire
family, on November
1996, in a ghastly plane crash,and he happened to be a Foreigner. Since we got the
information about his death,
we have been expecting his next-of-kin to come over
and claim his money
because we can not release it unless somebody applied
for it as next of
kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our
Unfortunately, nobody has come forward to claim this
It is based on this that some officials in my
department and I have
decided to establish a cordial business relationship
with you, hence by
contacting you. We want you to present yourself as the
next of kin
through your relation with the deceased, so that the
funds can be remitted
into your account.
Moreover, we do not want the money to go into the
government account as
unclaimed bills. The banking law and guidelines here
any account abandoned or is dormant for a period of
years, is deemed
closed and all money contained therein forfeited to
the government treasury
Now, it is being speculated that the above sum will be
the government account as an unclaimed fund on or
before the end of this financial quarter of 2005,
when nobody come forward to lay claims. The reason for
requesting you to
present yourself as next of kin, is occasioned by, the
fact that the
deceased (customer) was a foreigner, and we have
access to his detailed
bio data which you will hold as a weapon to present
yourself as the next
The mode of sharing after a successful transfer of the
money into your
account, shall be 75% to my colleagues and I, for the
role you will be
expected to play in this deal, we have agreed to give
you 20% of the
total sum and 5% for the expenses we are going to
encounter by the two
parties in the course of this transaction. Therefore,
you are expected
to reply this letter indicating your readiness and
participate in this business. After receiving your
reply, you will be
communicated to with the exact steps to take.
I expect your urgent response through my email address:email@example.com. with the following info.
(1) Your full name and address.
(2) Your telephone and fax number.
And i shall contact you for further discussion on this matter,to enable us conclude this transaction urgently without any delay or
Please treat this business proposal as strictly
security reasons considering my official position in