Scam Email received January 22, 2021 from firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD DAY – email@example.com
Good Day, I,Mr PETER FOX financial advisor at Barclays Bank Ltd London, am writing this letter to present a business proposal which is mutually beneficial for us. A client has a substantial amount of $25,000,000.00 (Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars Only) equivalent to invest in any good business that will generate profit in or outside your country. The client who is now deceased due to COVID-19 April last year, may his gentle soul rest in peace after his return from china on his quest to look for a business opportunity to invest for his son when he becomes of age. I am writing this email to bring you in as a business partner to late Mr Patrick Livingstone. If you are willing to participate in this business investment proposition and see this as an opportunity for yourself and that of his only son you will receive 20% of the principal fund, 10% will be set aside for any expenses that will be incurred during the process of this investment e.g. office space, rentals, staff recruitment etc 80% will go into the business investment for a period of 5 years which the annual turnover profit will be shared 50-50 between you and my late client&s son. I want you to understand that every necessary measure and formalities to make this investment opportunity a success has been set in motion. You will be given a certified power of attorney to execute, transact, and manage the said funds as you see fit without any alteration or involvement from a second party so long as you come up with a solid and profitable business plan and lucrative idea for this investment agenda. If you are willing and interested to participate in this project, I need the following from you at once. Your full name, Address and Country: Date of birth: Your direct telephone number: Business plan: Duration of business: Monthly/Annual income: Lastly, once you declare your interest we shall proceed at once. firstname.lastname@example.org Yours truly, Mr PETER FOX Barclays Regional Ops. email@example.com
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