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Fraud email example:
From: "peterobi33" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 02:49:06 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: FROM PETER OBI
FROM DR. PETER OBI DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT, CEMIC BANK OF AFRICA, COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC. ATTN: PLEASE, MY NAME IS DR. PETER OBI , A BANKER BY PROFESSION AND CURRENTLY A DIRECTOR WITH CEMIC BANK OF AFRICA COTONOU BENIN REPUBLIC BRANCH. I GOT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS IN MY SEARCH FOR A REPUTABLE AND RELIABLE PERSON TO HELP ME CLAIM THE SUM OF UD$15 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS DEPOSITED IN OUR BANK BY ONE OF OUR CUSTOMER WHO DIED WITH THE WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN ON THE 21ST DAY OFAPRIL 2000 IN A CAR CRASH ALONG NOVESSEL ROAD. SINCE HIS DEATH NO ONE HAS COME UP AS HIS NEXT OF KIN AND ALL OUR EFFORTS TO LOCATE ANY MEMBER OF HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY HAS PROVE ABORTIVE THAT WAS WHY I DECIDED TO SEE IF I CAN GET ANYBODY WHO HAS THE SAME SURNAME OR LAST NAME WITH HIM VIA INTERNET PREFERABLY, SOME ONE OF THE SAME NATIONALITY WITH HIM WHICH I BELIEVE YOU HAVE ALL THE QUALITIES WE NEED. WHY I AM CONTACTING YOU IS TO PRESENT YOU TO OUR BANK AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO OUR DEC
EASED CUSTOMER HE WAS A DRILLING CONTRACTOR WITH SOME OIL COMPANIES HERE IN WEST AFRICA, BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE SAME SURNAME/LAST NAME WITH HIM AND HE IS FROM THE SAME COUNTRY WITH YOU.SO IT WILL BE MORE ACCEPTABLE AND WISER TO PRESENT YOU THROUGH PAPER WORK TO THE BANK FOR THE CLAIM OF THE TOTAL FUND. I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS THAT THE BANK MAY REQUEST FROM YOU AND FOLLOW UP THE TRANSFER OF THE FUND INTO YOUR A/C AS AN INSIDER.IT WILL INTEREST YOU TO KNOW THAT I AND MY PARTNERS HAS BEEN KEEPING OUR EYES ON THIS FUNDS AND HAS PUT THE ACCOUNT BLIND AND COVERED TO THE PUBLIC BY KEEPING THE ACCOUNT DORMANT TO ENABLE OUR PLANS FOR THE FUNDS TO COME THROUGH AND THIS IS THE TIME AND WE ARE HAPPY TO LOCATE YOU FOR THE PERFECTION OF THE TRANSFER OF THE FUND INTO YOUR NOMINATED BANK A/C TO BE GIVEN. AS SOON AS I GET YOUR POSITIVE RESPONSE I WILL UPDATE YOU ABOUT THE MODE OF DISBURSEMENT AND WE WILL ALSO NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVESTING IN YOUR COUNTRY AS A WAY TO OF HE
LPING YOU PEOPLE WHO SUPPOSE ARE THE ORIGINAL OWNERS OF THIS FUNDS. LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR URGENT RESPONSE BY UPDATING ME WITH YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER FOR EASY COMMUNICATION. YOURS SINCERELY, DR PETER OBI.
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