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Many scams involve supposedly abandoned bank accounts or unclaimed property that the scammer says he has found and wants to return to you. Alas, these are all just versions of the old advance fee fraud: there is no abandoned property, there is only a scammer trying to pick your pocket. The message below is a good example.
Date: Thu, 05 May 2016
From: Graham West email@example.com
Department of Financial Services.
Bureau of Unclaimed Property.
200 East Gaines Street.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0358
United States of America.
My Name is Graham West and I work for the Department of Financial Services. Bureau of Unclaimed Property. I found that You have an unclaimed sum of money that was suppose to be remitted to you has just showed up at my office, maybe due to some unforeseen circumstance that allow you to finish your transactions home or abroad, so I took it upon myself to get in touch with you, before it will be forfeited as you still have the chance to claim yours.
Currently, states, federal agencies and other organizations collectively hold more than $58 billion in unclaimed cash and benefits, which come from a variety of sources, including abandoned bank accounts and stock holdings, unclaimed life insurance payouts and forgotten pension benefits seizures of third party benefit, legal financial transactions, like lotto winnings, Inheritance claims that was abandon by individuals over skepticism etc. It was however ascertain that you were supposed to receive a sum of $2.5 million dollars beneficiary, kindly email this office for claims.
And get back to me for more information on how to claim your funds before its marked unclaimed.
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