Scam Email received July 7, 2018 from email@example.com
Asalamu Alaikum. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Friend, My name is Mr. Rabiu Usman and I am a banker. It is true that we have not met each other in person, but I strongly believe that on trust, no friendship in every business. I have a deceased customer’s abandoned fund, which I am his personal financial adviser before his accidental death, that being the main reason why I alone working in the bank here, know much about the existence of this fund and the secrets surrounding this money. I got your email information through the Burkina&s Chamber of Commerce and industry on foreign business relations here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso I hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I am about to establish with you for the mutual benefit of you and I. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $16.5) millions dollars into your account within 14 working banking days. This money has been dormant for years in our bank without claim due to the owner of this fund died along with his entire family and supposed next of kin in an air crash. But before I disclose the full details to you, I will like to know your interest and willingness to assist me by reverting back to me with your: 1. Full Name: 2. Telephone Numbers: .. 3. Your Age: .. 4. Your Sex: .. 5. Your Occupation: 6. Your Country: 7. City: .. 8. Your Home Address: . 9. Marital Status: . Please note that if you must get in touch with me then you must reply me back through my private box(email@example.com) and please if you are not interested do not waste your time to reply kindly delete my message from your box ok. Regards MR RABIU USMAN. firstname.lastname@example.org
The above email is a scam. If you still think is legitimate, but you’re still concerned, then follow these steps:
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