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Fraud email example:
From: "Barristerchika Chika" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:24:51 +0000
Subject: STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.
FROM BARRISTER CHIKA CHUKWUDI,
CHIKA- CHUKWUDIAND ASSOCIATE,
PUBLIC NOTARY SOLICITORS &ADVOCATE
NO:12 ELIAS CLOSE
5TH FLOOR VICTORIA ISLAND
STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.
I am Barrister Chika Chukwudi,Solicitor and Advocate at Law.I am the
personal Lawyer to Late Engr.Steve,A citizen of your Country,Working in an
oil servicing company In NIGERIA. Referred to as my client On April 21, 2000
my client,his wife, and their three children were involved in a car accident
along Sagamu express way. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost
their lives.Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to
locate any of my clients extended elatives, this has also proved
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name
over the Internet. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money
and property left behind by my late client before they Get onfiscated or
declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposits were lodged,
particularly the ACCESS BANK PLC. Where the deceased had an account Valued
at about (US$19.5 million dollars) has Issued me a notice to provide the
Next of Kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years
now,Due to your from the same Country.I decide to seek your consent to
Present you as the Next Of Kin,of the deceased,So that this account valued
at (US$19.5 million dollars) can be paid to you and then You and Me Can
share the money. 55% to Me and 40% to You while 5% for any expenses.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 and Me, from any breach of the law.So what i will require
from you is to send me these details below;
With these details i will now file an application to the bank as next of kin
to my late client,and send me these details immediately as we cannot afford
Thanks as i await your urgent responsd
Barriser Chika Chukwudi