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The below is an example of a phishing email received by members of the Cornell community. It is not a legitimate offer and should not be responded to.

Hi, I hope this message finds you well. My name is [Name], and I am currently employed with a bank here in Malaysia. I am reaching out to you regarding a situation that requires urgent attention.

A customer of ours deposited Two Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($2,750,000.00) before his unfortunate demise. Regrettably, the depositor did not assign a beneficiary, he was not married and had no children, the funds are currently unclaimed.

I have identified that your last name matches that of the deceased, and this has prompted me to contact you. I am seeking your cooperation to designate you as the beneficiary so that the bank can facilitate the transfer of the funds to your account. Upon successful completion of the transfer, I propose that we share the proceeds equally.

Should you be interested, please get back to me at your earliest convenience for further guidance and clarification.

Best regards,


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