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Fraud email example:
From: "Kim Adam" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:22:15 +0000
Subject: BUSINESS OPPROTUNITY
Citibank House, 336 Strand,
London WC2R 1HB, United
I sincerely write to seek your co-operation and trust to enable my
colleagues and I carry out an urgent business opportunity in my department.
I work with the Citi Bank London, currently I am the senior manager of bills
and exchange at the foreign remittance department of my bank. I was the
account officer to one Mr.William.E.Caswell who died along with his family
on the 11th of September 2001 in an American Airline Flight 77 plane crash
at Pentagon All 141 passengers on board were feared dead. He left in his
domiciliary account the total sum of fifty Million united States
Dollars[$50,M].Since the management got the information of his death we have
been expecting any of his relation or his next of kin to come up and claim
Unfortunately from the day of his death till the time of this letter none of
his relation or friends has come up for the claim. The banking and financial
law of Citi Bank London stipulates that if such fund remained unclaimed
after a period of seven year(7yrs) it will be transferred into the bank
treasury as unclaimed bill. On this discovery sir,I and two other senior
staffs now decided to do business with you and release the money to you as
the next of kin to Mr.William.E.Caswell for safety and subsequent
disbursement.I will soon proceed for my retirement leave this year, and I
personally do not want this fund to be transferred into the bank treasury as
unclaimed bill. That is why I wanted the fund to be moved out of the bank
before I proceed on my retirement from the banking services by
The need for a foreigner as next of kin in this project is occasioned by the
fact that the customer Mr.William.E.Caswell was a foreigner and a London
cannot stand as his next of kin or heir. We have agreed that 30% of the Fund
would be for you as foreign partner; thereafter my colleague and I will
visit your country for disbursement according to the percentages
indicated.To enable the immediate transfer of the fund into your nominated
account, you will first apply to the bank as the next of kin of the
deceased, indicating your bank account number and location wherein the money
will be remitted.Upon receipt of your acknowledgement indicating your
interest,I will send to you the text of the application that you will send
to the Citi Bank authority for an approval to submit your claims.Send your
reply through my direct and private email address(email@example.com
)indicate your direct Fax and telephone numbers for effective communication
that this transaction needs. Do not reply through the Citi bank email
address because it belongs to the senior staffs for public use.
Please note that you are not to appear in person, as every thing regarding
this project will be strictly on documentations and every banking documents
needed for this transaction will be taken care of by myself.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
KIM ADAM BUSINESS OPPROTUNITY