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Fraud email example:
From: "Frank obi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 16:43:21 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY Dear Friend
FROM: MR. FRANK OBI
ACOUNTANT OFFICER OF AFRICA
35 MARINE STREET
VICTORIA ISLAND LAGOS.
My name is Mr FRANK OBI, ACOUNTANT OFFICER OF AFRICA
am pleased to inform you about my interest to use your Bank account for
deposit of $7.5million with the Bank. It may surprise you,but just give
your attention pls.
An AMERICAN Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National
Corporation, made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar
months,valued at US$7.5million (seven million five hundred thousand
with African Development Bank since the year 2000. Ever since
then,a routine notification has been sent several times to him, without
In 2003, I discovered from his contract employee, the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation that my client is dead. Unfortunately, was a
the AF4590 German Concorde plane that crashed in France.
On further investigation the entire family was in the plane, and no
declaretion of inheritance on the deposit made to the Bank, as he
invest in ASIA.
I have made several research since 2003 till December last year, to
any of his relation or family member for claim, without success and
any of them, and the management of the ACOUNTANT OFFICER OF AFRICA
DEVELOPMENT BANK is planning to confiscate the fund by
the end of this month quarter, since the interest is being rolled over
the principal sum for many years.
I want you to stand in as the next of Kin to the deceased since you are
the same country with him,for us to save the fruits of the old man's
before it get to the hands of some corrupt selfish officials of the
government of Nigeria,whose interest is to confiscate this fund
within 14 days from tomorrow.
As soon as you consent to this request, I will immediately employ the
service of a lawyer to notarize
the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of
probate/administration in your favor of you for the transfer of the
your Bank account.
You will receive; 45% of the total sum as compensation, base on your
intention to help me secure the fund in your account. I would also like
use 5% of the fund to rasie a reputable charity home or Foundation in
name of the deceased.
My position here as the Branch Manager
guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.
Looking forward to your urgent anticipation to this offer.
I WILL LIKE YOU TO REPLY TO MY PRIVATE EMAIL
Mr FRANK OBI