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Fraud email example:
From: "Mark Akinkugbe" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 18:11:09 +0300
FROM: MR. MARK I. AKINKUGBE
AFRICAN PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY.
My Dear Friend,
I feel quite safe dealing with you in this mutual beneficail transaction. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication. However, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that this deal is hitch free from all what you may think of. I am MR. O. I AKINKUGBE, Executive Director incharge of Claims and Indemnity of AFRICAN PRUDENTIAL Insurance Company.
I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be attached to this deal for the benefit of both of us. The Management and the Legal / Treasury Department of this AFRICAN PRUDENTIAL Insurance Company in a recent meeting, recommended that the Assurance Contract of MR. ROBERT FINKELSTEIN, who maintained a Life Assurance Policy, should be declared Dormant and confisticated hence moving his unclaimed benefits funds to the Treasury. Recently, I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased person (MR. ROBERT FINKELSTEIN). He is foreigner, unfortunately He is now late as he was amongst those that died in the recent plane crash, as you can confirm through this website
This man was our client and has a Life Assurance Policy WORTH the sum of Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Fify United States Dollars (US$8,850,000.00). Right now, the fund is lying unclaimed in our custody and there is NO next of kin mentioned in his file and there is NO HOW we can reach any of his other relatives. All efforts made by us to establish contacts with any other of his relation has proved abortive and unsuccessful. His Life Assurance Policy will expire in the next few months from the date of this letter. Just last week we received an instruction from Ministry of Social Welfare to forward particulars of all unclaimed benefits that will expire in the next few months.
Upon my personal finding on this matter, I kept this information secret to myself until now that I am contacting you. In view of the fact that the deceased customer is a foreigner (from a different country), it is Officially important for the involvement of a foreigner who will pose as a next-of-kin. I will use my exalted position in this Insurance Company to present you as his Next of Kin as you can be his relative, friend or Cousin and the Money (US$8,850,000.00) will be Safely transfered into your own bank account in your country.
The whole Procedures will last only 5 working days to get the fund retrieved successfully Without trace even in future. Please I need the following:
1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
3. HOME ADDRESS/COMPANY'S NAME AND ADDRESS.
4. YOUR AGE AND OCCUPATION
After successful conclussion of this transaction, we shall share the money 50-50 (50% for you and 50% for me). Although, I have engaged in a similar business in 1998 in which I diligently ensured the TRANSFER of U$21Million to a German Businessman (MR. ANDREAS WEISSBECKER), He is presently sitting on my Money and refused to give me my share since that time. Because of this, I am afraid but, I am willing to try again with you believing that you will NOT disappoint me. Because of my Religion as a devoted Christian, I trust people with all my Heart and I sincerely believe that there are Good People that are TRUSTWORTHY in the Universe.
I await your good response today. Thanks and remain blessed. I
require you to maintain the confidentiality of this transaction because it is important due to the fact that I am still in active services to the AFRICAN PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY. Your earliest response to this matter is very important.
Your response should be through my private email address email@example.com
I AM WAITING YOUR REPLY TODAY.
MR. MARK O. AKINKUGBE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; AFRICAN PRUDENTIAL Insurance.