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Fraud email example:
From: joseph peter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 07:07:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: GET BACK TO ME VERY URGENT MESSAGE/ATTN:CEO
FROM THE:DESK OF MR JOSEPH PETER.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK,
OFFICE ADDRESS: AVEN 20 BOUVEDE
P.M.B 451 ACCRA GHANA .
I am MR. JOSEPH PETER, from the auditing section of the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT ACCRA GHANA. With due respect and regards,I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very Beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.
During investigation and auditing in the bank,my department came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person,a foreigner who died on 31st October 1999 in a plane crash and the fund has been dormant in his account with the bank without any claim of the fund either from his family or relation before discovery to this development.
Although personally,I kept this information secret within myself to enable the whole plans and idea be profitable and successful during the time of execution.
The amount involved is(22m US$)Twentytwo Million United States Dollars only. As it may interest you to know that,i got your your contact address through internet and i believe that you will be viable and capable to champion a business of such magnitude without any problem. Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bona-fide next of kin to the deceased,get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives/needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity.
In fact,I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this country as a civil servant,we are not allowed to operate a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of transfer because I work in this bank.This is the actual reason why it require,s a second party or fellow who will forward claims to the bank as the next of kin to the deceased foreign and also present a foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transfered into on his request as it may be,after due verification and clarification to designated bank account.I will no fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On smooth conclusion of this transaction,you will be entitled to 30% of the total sum as gratification,while 5% will be set aside to take care of the expenses that may arise during the time of the transfer such as telephone bills etc,while 65% will be for me and other investments in your country under your care.Please,you have !
advice to keep top secret as i am still in service and intend to retire from service after the conclusion of this deal with you.I will be monitoring the whole situation here in the bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment,either in your country or in any other country you may advice to invest on. All other necessary information will be sent to you when I hear from you. Get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish to this transaction.
MR JOSEPH PETER
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