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Fraud email example:
From: "james clement" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 15:46:06 +0000
Subject: FROM LEGAL EQUITY LAW FIRM
FROM: BARRISTER JAMES CLEMENT,
LEGAL EQUITY LAW FIRM
144 NUXLEY ROAD,
EA2 JG34 LONDON.
Attn: The Managing Director,
I am MR JAMES CLEMENT , a private Legal/ financial consultant. A personal
financial / business consultant to Mr. Hubert Kippel, a foreigner who worked
and died here in U.K.without A Will. I have made several enquiries to your
Embassy to locate any of my clients relatives immediate and extended, this
has proved unsuccessful.
After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over
the Internet and locate any member of his family but of no avail.
Hence, I am contacting you. I need you to assist in securing the money and
property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where his huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the bank where the deceased had a domicilliary account valued
(£10M) Ten Million British Pounds GBP. The bank has issued a notice to
provide the Next of Kin or have the account confiscated within the next one
Since I have been unsuccesful in locating the the relatives for over two
years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased since the proceeds of this account valued at £10 Million Pounds
can be paid to you and after which the fund can be shared accoding to
agreement between both party that 50% shall go to me and 40% to you, 5% for
charity, while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may
I have all necessary documents to back up claims as Next of Kin on your
behalf. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in
touch with me by email to enable us discuss further.
FOR LEGAL EQUITY LAW FIRM