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Fraud email example:
From: "Ned Bank" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 21:41:28 -0600
Subject: IMPORTANT MATTERS
"Please accept my greetings"
I am Bob Amstrong, Provincial Director NED Bank of South Africa, Sun City. I
have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.
On June 6, 1999, an German Oil consultant/contractor with the South Africa
Mining Corporation, Late Mr.Andreas Schranner made a numbered time (Fixed)
Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$19,200,000.00 (Nineteen
Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in my branch. Upon
maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no
reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his
contract employers, the South Africa Mining Corporation that Late Mr.Andreas
Schranner, who died in the AF4590 plane crash
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm . On further
I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace
his next of kin was fruitless.
I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.Andreas
did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents,
his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$19,200,000.00 is still
sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal
sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.
According to South Africa Regulation, at the expiration of 5 (five) years,
the money will revert
to the ownership of the South Africa Government if nobody applies to claim
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as an American to stand in
as the next of kin to Mr.Andreas Schranner so that the fruits of this old
man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and
address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and
affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin/beneficiary to his
We shall employ the service of Attorneys to process the necessary documents
and letter of probate/administration in your favor in order for the transfer
to take place. A bank account in any part of the world which you will
provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you
as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account for
us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you.
There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be
done by the Attorney and my position as the Provincial Director guarantees
the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please
reply immediately via the private email address below. Upon your response, I
shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will
understand the transaction.
Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require
your assistance to invest my share in your country.
Awaiting your urgent reply via my E-mail.