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Fraud email example:
From: felixesq 1 <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 11:02:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CALL ME 00228 930 73 85 IMMEDAITELY.
BARRISTER FELIX PATRICK CHAMBERS.
457 IKOTU ROAD BE KPOTA
LOME REPUBLIC OF TOGO
TEL:00228 930 73 85.
Dear Jan Brandsma,
I am Barrister FELIX PATRICK, a solicitor at law, personal attorney to Mr J.Brandsma, a national Of your country,who used to work as a contractor in Lome Togo.Hereinafter shall be referred to as my client. On the 21th of April 2002, my client, and their only daughter were involved in a car accident along Kpalime express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have made several enquiries here to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to search through with his name which motivated me to contact you, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at US$19.5 million left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Security Finance Firm(bank) where this huge amount were deposited.
The said Security Finance Company has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days. Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.
All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me through the above email or my alternative email below.
You can call me with telephone number :00228 930 73 85
for more details.and kindly forwards your phone numbers so that i can reach you.
alternative email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Barrister Felix Patrick(esq)
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