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Fraud email example:
From: =?utf-8?q?Felix=20George?= <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 09:34:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: I Need Your Asistance
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:firstname.lastname@example.org
I Need Your Asistance
- Dear Friend,I hope this may not constitute sort of embarrassment to you, My name is Mr.Felix George,I am the regional bank manager of the Barclays Bank Ghana Ltd.I came to know you in my Private Search for a reliable and reputable person to handle this Confidential Transaction.I am 44 years of age and married with 3 lovely kids. It may interest you to hear that I am a man of PEACE and INTERGRITY; I only hope we can assist each other.I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as the regional Auditor General of the Barclays Bank Ghana Ltd.; it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each year.On the course of last year 2007 end of year report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made an excess profit of seven million five hundred thousand united states dollars [US$7.5,000,000.00] which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of.I have since placed this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to this money, this is why I.m contacting you for us to work so that you can assist and receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE. I will offer you 20% of the total amount for your assistance.Note that there are practically no risks involved in this transaction , it will be bank to bank transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with Takoradi branch so that my Head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.Do not make undue the advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you, and I assure you we can achieve it successfully.Best regards,Mr.Felix George.