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Fraud email example:
From: "Mr John E. Awo" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 02:43:52 +0200
From the desk of: Mr John E. Awo Executive Director/Financial Controller
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC)
Falomo Office Annex
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
I am the financial controller of Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC). I got your Contact address from an associate
working with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council.
I and my colleagues are ministry officials in charge of offshore
remittance in this Corporation (NNPC). We are seeking your assistance
to transfer of Forty Two Million (US$42,000,000.00) to your account for
further private investment.
This amount accrued from an over-invoiced contract
amount for the construction of an Oil Refinery Sub-
Stations in Nigeria in 1995 to expatriate companies. The
contract was originally valued for one Hundred
and Twenty Seven Million United States Dollar US$127,000,000.00)
but we manipulated the figure to read one Hundred and Sixty Nine
Million United States Dollars($169,000,000.00) The extra $42,000,000.00
is what we want to transfer to your account.
This contract has been completely executed and the original
contractors have been paid all their contract bills less this
For your assistance, we have agreed to remunerate you with 30%
because it is impossible for us to claim the amount here in Nigeria
without foreign collaboration. 5% has been mapped out for any miscellaneous
expenses incurred by either party during this business, and 65% for my colleagues and
It may interest you to know that four years ago, a
similar transaction was carried out with one Mr.
Patrice Miller, the President of Craine International Trading
Corporation at number 135 East 57th Street, 28th Floor,New
York.10022 with Tel: 212-308-7788 and TLX number 6731689. Mr. Patrice
disappeared into thin air when he received the money. His Telephone and
Telex numbers had been reallocated to other users by the time we arrived New York
for our share. This explains exactly why we will make a concrete agreement between
you and us, should you be willing to assist in this deal.
All modalities to effect the payment and subsequent transfer of this money have been
worked out. This transaction is 100% risk free but rquires 100 percent confidentiality.
This is a golden opportunity which must not be allowed to slip out of any careless acts and utterances.
We chose you for this transaction because we believe that good friends can be discovered and businesses such as this cannot be realized without trust. You can rest assured that your security
has been considered before you were contacted.
I await your urgent response.
Mr John E. Awo