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Fraud email example:
From: "albert kibeki" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 17:54:51 +0000
Subject: MAIL FROM ALBERTO
9TH FLOOR,HEERENGRACHT TOWER,
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.
Reply To: email@example.com
I am MR.ALBERTO KIBEKI, Regional Manager of An Apex Bank in Johannesburg
,South Africa. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for
On June 6, 1999, a foreign Oil consultant/contractor with the South Africa
Mining Corporation, Mr. Richard Moss made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit
for twelve calendar months, valued at US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in my branch.Upon maturity, I sent a
routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a
month,we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract
employers,the South Africa Mining Corporation that Mr.Richard Moss died from
an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died
without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was
fruitless.I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.
Richard Moss did not declare any kin or
relations in all his official documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork
in my Bank. This sum of US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) is still sitting in my Bank and the interest
is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.No one
will ever come forward to claim it. According to South Africa Law, at the
expiration of 6 (Six) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the
South Africa Government if nobody applie s to claim the fund. Consequently,
my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next
of kin to Mr. Richard Moss so that the fruits of this old man's labor will
not get into the hands of some
corrupt government officials.
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and
address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the service of two Attorneys for drafting and notarization
of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of
probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any
part of the world which you will provide will then facilitate the transfer
this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid
into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for
you. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this
transaction will be done by the Attorney and my position as the Regional
Manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are
interested, please reply immediately via the private email address below.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand the transaction.Please observe
utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most
profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest
my share in your country. Awaiting your urgent reply via my email:
Thanks and regards.