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Fraud email example:
From: "John Edward" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 17:19:09 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY!!!
BARRISTER JOHN EDWARD CHAMBERS,
LEGAL PRACTITIONER AND PUBLIC NOTARY &
HIGH COURT REPRESENTATIVE
SUITE 202 OMEGA PLAZA, APAPA
I know this letter will come to you as a surprise. I am John EDWARD (Esq) of
JOHN EDWARD CHAMBERS,Lagos Nigeria.I was the personal attorney to Engr. Ross
Delaney, an engineer with Chevron Development Company in Nigeria,who died in
an auto crash along South Norwood Highway, London on the 21st of April,
Before his death, he deposited the sum of US$20 Million with the treasury
dept. of a Finance Company here in Nigeria.This Finance Company has recently
notified me of their intention to confisicate this fund if i do not present
the beneficiary or the deceased representative. Following this mandate, i
have been forced to present any of the family members of my late client to
the finance Company, but all my efforts to reach his relatives has been
I have contacted you to assist in the claim and release of this fund to you
for our mutual benefits:60% to me and 30% to you,while 10% should be for
expenses or tax as your Government may require.I will use my recognized
office to prepare every necessary document as proof, furnish you with
adequate information about my late client that will back you up in this
claim and i shall provide all legal services to warrant the release of this
consignment to you as the beneficiary.
As i await your positive response, i would appreciate if you could keep this
proposal secret even if you are not capable or do not want to assist me.
I look forward to your prompt reply.