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Fraud email example:
From: Johnson Kerosine <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 17:16:42 +0300
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
WALHANG ELECTRODE COMPANY LONDON
Westminster, London United Kingdom.
ATTN: Dear Friend,
Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not
a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious.
I am Mr. Johnson Kerosine, a personal assistant to Mr.Wallter Hangal,
the managing director of WALHANG ELECTRODE COMPANY LONDON England.
I am Mr.Wallter Hangal's personal assistant for six years now; Mr.Wallter Hangal
has a beautiful wife Mrs. Cathrine Hangal and three children.
Mr.Wallter Hangal is the managing director of WALHANG ELECTRODE COMPANY
LONDON England, Mr.Wallter Hangal is 68 years old, Mr.Wallter Hangal was
From_Germany, who unfortunately died in tsunami incident on 26th December 2004.
You will read more stories about the tsunami victims on visiting this web
Mr.Wallter Hangal died in tsunami incident in Thailand together with
his wife and three blessed children on 26th December 2004, since after the
incident I have been trying to locate any of his relation or brother, I later
discovered that Mr.Wallter Hangal is the only issue to his family.
Before his death on 26th December 2004 Mr.Wallter Hangal left with a bank a
sum of $58 million United State Dollars.
I came across your name and contact, on the course of my personal
searching for reliable and honest person whom will transact this business with
me so i decided to contact you for this project.
I am contacting you to assist in repatriating and securing the wealth
left behind in a fixed deposit account by Mr.Wallter Hangal before they get
confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank. The board of the directors
in the Bank has issued a notice that after 2 months from now and no next
of kin shown up for the claim, the funds will be confiscated and declared
Since I the personal assistant have been unsuccessful in locating Mr.Wallter
relatives for sometime now, I seek your consent to present you as the
Next of Kin of the deceased since you are a foreigner, so that the proceed of
this deposit valued at $USD 58 Million Dollars can be released to you.
The Bank will release the funds to any foreigner who has all related
information/documents of Mr.Wallter Hangal . I myself have successfully
gotten all the necessary documents and contacts of his account with the bank,
Your application will be directed to his account officer department
For verification and approval. Everything is under my control. I shall
Provide you all the information and copy of the certificate of deposit issued
to Mr.Wallter Hangal when he deposited the funds in the Bank.
I shall also involve a good attorney who shall represent you in all the
appropriate offices for the claim. I shall destroy all the documents
used for the claim and leave no traces. After everything, you shall have 30% of
the total sum, while 70% for me. All requires is your honest cooperation to
enable us seeing this business successful.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Mr.Wallter Hangal was a very
good man and it is not wise to allow his hard earned wealth to be stolen by the
greedy directors of the bank.
Further details awaits your response by email. Please treat this proposal very
strictly and confidential.
Best Regards and God bless you.
Mr. Johnson Kerosine.
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