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Fraud email example:
From: jeremiah zuber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 09:22:04 +0000
Subject: Good Day
It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there was no previous correspondence between us. My name is Jeremiah Zuber, a Malaysian national and personal Attorney to Late Mr. George, who was here in after called my client.
My purpose of contacting you is for you to help secure the funds left behind by my late client, to avoid it being confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank. Where this fund valued ($US 5,900,000.00) five Million Nine Hundred Thousand United States Dollars deposited by my client before his death.
This Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin or the account will be declared unserviceable and the fuand diverted to the Bank treasury, So far all my efforts to get a hold of someone related to this man has proved futile. Hence, I have contacted you.
I am actually asking for your consent to present you to the Bank as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of my late client's fund, since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to your account, then we can share the fund on a mutually agreed, based on percentage.
All the legal documentations to back up your claim as my client's Next of Kin I shall provided them. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us achieve this transaction.
The intended transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any infraction of the law. However, if this business proposition offends your moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology. If on the contrary you wish to achieve this goal with me, kindly get back to me.
Kindest Regards, Barrister Jeremiah Zuber(LLB Hons.)