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Fraud email example:
From: "JAMES MORGAN" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 12:21:52 +0000
Subject: ACCEPT PARTNERSHIP IN GOOD FAITH
FROM:MR. JAMES MORGAN.
CHIEF AUDITOR MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS
ADDRESS:01 Bp 124,COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIQUE.
It is my great pleasure to write you this letter on behalf of my
colleagues.I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in
execution of a deal hereunder for the benefit of all parties, and hope you
will keep it confidential because of the nature of this business.
I am MR. JAMES MORGAN CHIEF AUDITOR MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS
COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC.I got your information when I was searching for a
reliable,honest and trustworthy person to entrust this business with.I was
simply inspired and motivated to pick your contact from the many names and
lists in the web site.I wish to transfer the sum of $14,300,000.00 USD
(Fourteen Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only.)into
your personal or company`s bank account.
This fund was a residue of the over invoiced Industrial Contract bills
awarded by MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC to some
foreign firms.This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully protected
with all the attendant lope holes sealed off.As the chief auditor,I have the
cooperation and mandate of the Financial Director and the Secretary. It was
my consensus to seek the assistance of a willing foreigner to provide us
with the facilities to transfer this money out of West Africa.This is borne
out of our beleive in the non-stable and sporous political nature of this
The original contractors have been duely paid by the Banque Centrale Des
Etats De L`Afrique De L`Ouest (Central Bank of the West African States)This
balance is suspended in the escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign
company of our choice.I intend to pay out this fund now as the organisation
is winding up its activities. Based on the laws and ethics of employment,we
as civil servants working under this organisation, are not allowed to
operate a foreign account.This is the more reason why we needed your
assistance to provide an account that can sustain this fund for safe keeping
and our future investment with your comprehensive advise,assistance and
partnership in your country.
It does not matter whether or not your company does contract projects of the
nature described here. The assumption is that your company won the major
contract and subcontracted it to other companies. More often than not, big
trading companies and firms of unrelated fields wins major contracts and
subcontract to more specialized firms for execution.
I have however agreed,as the account owner in this deal to allow you 40% of
the entire sum as
compensation,why 55% will be held on trust for me while 5% will be used to
defray any incidental charges and cost if any,during the course of the
transactions.This transaction will be successfully concluded within 5-7 days
if you accord us your unalloyed and due cooperation.You should provide the
1. Your bank name and address
2. Your private and confidential telephone
3. Name to be used as beneficiary
4. Your bank Telephone and fax number
5. Or you can within the shortest possible time,
confidentially open an entire new (Virgin) account for
the transaction. I would prefer this arrangement.
Upon the receipt of this informations,the certificate of job completion of
one of the contracts will be issued in your for the transfering of the fund
to your nominated account without delay.As with the case of all organised
(sensitive)and conspired DEALS,we solicit for our unreserved confidentiality
and utmost secret in this business. We hope to retire peacefully and lead a
honourable business life afterwards. There are no risks involved.
Well, this is the sharing ratio of this $14.3M for both of us:-
1) I want you to know that my 55% from this fund $14.3M is: $7,865,000 :00.
2) While your own 40% from this fund $14.3M is: $5,720,000:00.
3) While 5% from this fund $14.3M for any expenses made by you and me is:
4) I want you to know that you are not going to spend a cents of yours money
into this transaction. I will take care of any expenses that might arise
along in this venture, please all I need from you is your maximum
co-operation and understanding to enable us conclude this transaction
peacefully and enjoy the fruit of our labour.
MR. JAMES MORGAN(CHIEF AUDITOR).
ADDRESS:01 Bp 124,COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIQUE.