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Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Baldwin Onuigbo" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 08:21:02 -0700
Subject: Good day friend, Your urgent response is needed.
FROM DESK OF THE MANAGER,
DIAMOND BANK PLC,
122 ADEOLA HOPEWELL,
Private email: firstname.lastname@example.org<../email@example.com>
*CONFIDENTIALITY AND SINCERITY*
ATTENTION: Sir / Madam, I really regret any embarrassment this mail might
cause you as we have never met before.
Good day to you.
l am Mr. Baldwin Onuigbo, Branch Manager of Diamond Bank Plc,Lagos Nigeria.
l am contacting to to seek your consent to assist me towards the transfer of
funds US$8.500,000.00, (eight million, five hundred thousand united states
dollars) which was generated from the NDDC Niger Delta Development
Commission which has to be transferred into a foreigner's personal account /
company account so that this fund does not become property of the federal
On the 7th of April 2004, One of our numerous customers late Mr. Barry who
was the contractor working with Mobil Petroleum company here in Nigeria
under the project of the NDDC Niger Delta Development Commission with the
PTF Petroleum Trust Fund, he deposited US$8.500,000.00 with my bank, he
later died along with his wife and their three children when they were
involved in an automobile accident in which they unfortunately lost their
lives on 22nd October, 2005.
Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of
the deceased extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After
these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over
the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the the relatives for over two
years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin /
beneficiary to the deceased ( late Mr. Barry 's) family so that the proceeds
of his account valued at $8.5million dollars can be paid to you and remitted
into your bank account because i do not want this account CONFISCATED hence,
l do not want the efforts of this man to be in vain.
All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. It is a thing
of self willingness and capability to receive the funds,so it is either you
write me back and tell me you are willing and I will know the next step to
take because this fund must be transferred by the help of somebody within
the next (30) thirty working days. I will require your honest co-operation
to enable us see this deal through.
Note, after the successful transfer of the funds into your presented bank
account which you will present to the bank, l will immediately meeet with
you in your country for eventual sharing of the funds in the following ratio
50/40/ and 10 that is 50% for me , 40% for you and the remaining 10% shall
be distributed to charity organizations and orphanage homes.
TO COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY WITH THE LEGAL PROCESS I WILL REQUIRE THAT YOU SEND
TO ME YOUR FULL NAMES, TELEPHONE NUMBERS, COMPLETE BUSINESS OR RESIDENTIAL
ADDRESS WITH A VALID I/D IDENTIFICATION CARD,YOUR ADDRESS WILL BE USED FOR
THE LEGAL PROJECTIONS.
I AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE FOR US TO DISCUSS FURTHER THE MODALITIES AS WELL AS
PROCEDURES FOR THE TRANSFER.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANTICIPATION.
Mr. Baldwin Onuigbo (ESQ).