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Fraud email example:
From: "DR.JACOB BELLO Ph.D." <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 14:57:36 +0100
Subject: PLEASE GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT
FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPT
SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
No doubt I know you will be surprised to receive this proposal that I send to you, but not to cause you embarrassment.It might be a surprise to you where i got your
address.I was furnished of your profile from your country web site I decided to contact you.
I am the AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK(SARB) here in CAPE TOWN,SOUTH AFRICA.
In my department we discovered an abandoned
Sum Of US$25m dollars (TWENTY FIVE MILLION US DOLLARS) in an account
Belongs to one of our foreign customer (MR. ANDREAS SCHRANNER from
Munich, Germany) who died along with his entire family in July 2000 in
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Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his
Next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release
It Unless some body applies for it as next of kin or relative to the
As indicated in our banking guiding and laws, but unfortunately we
Learnt That all his supposed next of kin or relatives died alongside
At the Plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
It is therefore upon this discovery that I now decided to make this
Business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of
Kin or Relative to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement
Nobody Is coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the
Treasury As unclaimed bill.
The banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money
Remained unclaimed after four years, the money will be transferred into
The Bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next
Kin in This business is occasioned by the fact that the customer was a
And a South African cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. I agree
30% Of this money will be for you as a respect to the provision of a
Foreign Account, 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the
And 60% would be for me Thereafter; I will visit your country for
Disbursement according to the percentage indicated therefore, to enable
The Immediate transfer of this fund to you arranged, you must apply
The Bank as relative or next of kin of the deceased indicating your
Bank name, your bank account number, your private telephone and fax
For easy and effective communication and location where-in the money
Will be Remitted. Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax
The Text of the application.
I will not fail to bring to your notice,that this transaction is
And That you should not entertain any atom of fear as all required
Arrangements Have been made for the transfer.
You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
DR.JACOB BELLO Ph.D. (SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK)
TREAT AS URGENT AND CONFIDENCIAL