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Fraud email example:
From: "Summers Green" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 01:45:24 -0700
Subject: H.S.B.C INTERBANK SERVICES
H.S.B.C INTERBANK SERVICES
COMPLIMENTS OF THE DAY TO YOU.I AM MR.SUMMERS GREEN THE AUDITING MANAGER
H.S.B.C INTERBANK SERVICES LONDON, I AM WRITING THIS LETTER TO ASK FOR YOUR
SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION TO CARRY OUT THIS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY IN MY
WE DISCOVERED AN ABANDONED SUM OF (FIFTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS
ONLY) IN AN ACCOUNT THAT BELONGS TO ONE OF OUR FOREIGN CUSTOMERS WHO DIED
ALONG WITH HIS ENTIRE FAMILY IN AN AIR CRASH, ALASKA AIRLINE FLIGHT 261 IN
SINCE WE HEARD OF HIS DEATH,NOBODY HAS COME FOR ANY CLAIMS AS NOBODY KNEW
OF THE ACCOUNT. THE NAME OF OUR LATE CUSTOMER IS MR. MORRIS THOMPSON, HIS
WIFE'S NAME THELMA THOMPSON, DAUGHTER'S NAME SHERYL THOMPSON,THE OWNER OF
DOYON LTD, IN ALASKA.
WE HAVE BEEN EXPECTING HIS NEXT OF KIN TO COME OVER AND FILE FOR CLAIMS
FOR HIS MONEY AS THE HEIR, BECAUSE WE CANNOT RELEASE THE FUNDS FROM HIS
ACCOUNT UNLESS SOMEONE APPLIES FOR CLAIM AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED
AS INDICATED IN OUR BANKING GUIDELINES AND THAT IS THE REASON WHY I HAVE
CONTACTED YOU TO ACT AS THE NEXT OF KIN
TO COMMENCE THIS TRANSACTION, WE REQUIRE YOU TO IMMEDIATELY INDICATE YOUR
INTEREST BY A RETURN E-MAIL AND ENCLOSE YOUR PRIVATE CONTACT TELEPHONE
NUMBER, FAX NUMBER FULL NAME AND ADDRESS AND YOUR DESIGNATED BANK
COORDINATES TO ENABLE US FILE LETTER OF CLAIM TO THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT
FOR NECESSARY APPROVALS BEFORE THE TRANSFER CAN BE MADE.
I LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING YOUR PROMPT RESPONSE.
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