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Fraud email example:
From: "mpho george" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 08:56:01 +0000
Subject: I HOPE ON YOU
Mr. Mpho George,
ABSA Bank Limited,
Johannesburg, South Africa.
I am Mr.Mpho George, manager of bills/exchange at the foreign remittance
department of ABSA Bank. In my department, we discovered an abandoned sum of
US$14,700,000.00(Fourteen Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars only) in an account that belonged to one of our foreign customers
who died along with his entire family, on November 1996, in a ghastly plane
crash, and he happened to be a Foreigner.
Since we got the information about his death, we have been expecting his
next-of-kin to come over and claim his money because we can not release it
unless somebody applied for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as
indicated in our banking guidelines. Unfortunately, nobody has come forward
to claim this money.
It is based on this that some officials in my department and I have decided
to establish a cordial business relationship with you, hence by contacting
you. We want you to present yourself as the next of kin through your
relation with the deceased, so that the funds can be remitted into your
Moreover, we do not want the money to go into the government account as
unclaimed bills. The banking law and guidelines here stipulates that any
account abandoned or is dormant for a period of years, is deemed closed and
all money contained therein forfeited to the government treasury account.
Now, it is being speculated that the above sum will be transferred into the
government account as an unclaimed fund on or before the end of this
financial quarter of 2005, when nobody come forward to lay claims. The
reason for requesting you to present yourself as next of kin, is occasioned
by, the fact that the deceased (customer) was a foreigner, and we have
access to his detailed bio data which you will hold as a weapon to present
yourself as the next of kin.
The mode of sharing after a successful transfer of the money into your
account, shall be 70% to my colleagues and I, for the role you will be
expected to play in this deal, we have agreed to give you 25% of the total
sum and 5% for the expenses we are going to encounter by the two parties in
the course of this transaction. Therefore, you are expected to reply this
letter indicating your readiness and interest to participate in this
After receiving your reply, you will be communicated to with the exact steps
to take. I expect your urgent response through my email address
(email@example.com) .And I shall contact you for further discussion on
this matter, to enable us conclude this transaction urgently without any
delay or hitch.
Please treat this business proposal as strictly confidential for security
reasons considering my official position in ABSA Bank.
MR. MPHO GEORGE.