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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 16:18:42 +0100
Subject: FROM DR. PETER OLIS.
REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP IN RESPECT OF THE
TRANSFER OF $25,500,000.00(TWENTY-FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED AMERICAN DOLLARS)INTO
I, on behalf of my other colleagues from different Federal Government
of Nigeria owned parastatals decided to solicit your assistance as regards
the transfer of the above stated amount into your bank account. This fund
arose from the overinvoicing of various contracts awarded in my parastatal
to certain foreign contractors sometime ago.
We as holders of sensitive positions in our various parastatal, were
mandated by the federal government to scrutinise all payments made to foreign
contractors, and discovered that some of the contracts they executed were
grossly over invoiced, either by omission or commission.
Also, we discovered that the sum of $33,000,000.00(thirty three million
American dollars only) was lying in a suspense account, although the foreign
contractors were fully paid their entitlements after executing the said
contracts. We all
agreed that the over-invoiced amount be transferred into a bank account
provided by a foreign partner, as the code of conduct of federal civil service
does not allow us to operate foreign accounts.
However, we have suceeded in transferring some of the monies, precisely
US$7.5(Seven million five Hundred American Dollars) into a foreign account
in Morocco (North Africa), but unfortunately the provider of the account
has severed all forms of communication with us as he has refused to adhere
to our earlier mutual agreement, insisting that the total amount will be
paid into his nominated bank account before disbursement will take effect.
We are therefore seeking your assistance based on the balance amount
US$25.5M which can be speedily processed and fullyremitted into your nominated
bank account. On successful remittance of the funds into your account, you
will be compensated with 20% of of the amount for your assistance and services.
This transaction is closely knitted and in view of our sensitive positions
we cannot afford a slip. I assure you that this transaction is 100% risk
free.We will avail you with our identities as regards our respective office
when relationship is fully established and smooth operation commences.
I am at your disposition to entertain any questions from you in respect
of this transaction.
Please note that this is a DEAL and confidentiality is of very great
importance for security reasons.
Please treat with strict confidenlity and utmost urgency.
DR. PETER OLIS.
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