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Fraud email example:
From: "John Nna" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:03:16 +0100
Subject: Please Respond
I am making this contact with you in good faith, I am barrister John Nna
,the personal attorney to Engineer Edward San a national of your country,
who used to work with TOTAL OIL COMPANY here in Cotonou , Benin Republic
Here in after shall be referred to as my client. on 21st of April 2005,my
client, his wife And their two were involved in auto crash in a village
called Adjarra near Porto-Novo here in Benin Republic . Unfortunately
lost their lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful. After these
several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you over the Internet,
to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted
you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my
client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank
where this huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about
$9.5million us dollars has issued me a notice as his attorney to provide
the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official
Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for over 2 years
now, I seek your consent to present you as t he next of kin of the deceased
since you are a foreigner like Engineer Edward San, so that the proceeds of
this account valued at $9.5million us dollars can be paid to you and then
you, and me can share the money.
IN YOUR ACCEPTANCE MAIL SEND TO ME YOUR PRIVATE PHONE NUMBERS, I CAN
REACH YOU DIRECTLY. NOTE THAT WE CAN CONCLUDE THIS DEAL WITHIN 1 WEEK, YOU
APPLIED FOR THE CLAIM. I HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE YOU A SHARE OF 45% OF THE
TOTAL MONEY AND I WILL TAKE 50% AND 5% IS MAPPED OUT FOR ANY EXPENSES
INCURRED BY BOTH PARTIES ON THE COURSE OF THIS TRANSACTION WHILE THE BALANCE
GOES TO US.INVOLVED PROVIDED YOU WILL GIVE ME ALL THE ASSITANCE NEEDED.
You will agree with me that It is a better judgement for us to claim this
money and put into profitable/peaceful use than allowing it to be
confiscated and divided amongst the corrupt government in REPUBLIC OF BENIN
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation 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. Please get in
touch with me by my email or through my private email address: