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Fraud email example:
From: "ali duoif" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 23:22:23 +0000
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE
FROM THE DESK OF ALI DUOIF
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER,
BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A)
I am the manager of Auditing and Accounting department of BANK OF AFRICA
(B.O.A) here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.In my department we discovered an
abandoned sum of US$20.5m dollars (TWENTY MILION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US
DOLLARS) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customer (MR.
ANDREAS SCHRANNER from Munich, Germany) who died along with his entire
family in Jully 2000 in a plane crash.For more information about the crash
you can visit this site:(
Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of
kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless
some body applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidlings and laws but unfortunately we learnt that
all his supposed next of kin or relation died alongside with him at the
plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim. It is therefore upon this
discovery that I now decided to make this business proposal to you and
release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for
safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we
don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill.
The banking law and guidline here stipulates that if such money remained
unclaimed after five years, the money will be transfered into the bank
treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this
business is occassioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a
Burkinabe cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.
I agree that 30% of this money will be for you as a respect to the provision
of a foriegn account , 10% will be set aside for expenses incurred during
the business and 60% would be for me Thereafter, I will visit your country
for disbursement according to the percentage indicated Therefore, to enable
the immediate transfer of this fund to you arranged,you must apply first to
the bank as relation or next of kin of the deceased with a text of
application form that i will send to you when i hear from you,so i will like
you to send to me your private telephone and fax number for easy and
effective communication and location where in the money will be remitted.
Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or email the text of
the application . I will not fail to bring to your notice this transaction
is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any atom of fear as all
required arrangements have been made for the transfer. You should contact me
immediately as soon as you receive this letter.
Trusting to hear from you immediately.
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