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Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 03:10:25 -0700
Subject: get back to me urgently.
RE: TRANSFER OF US$22,000,000 INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
I am GEORGE DONALD, Telex/Money transfer Director of Nigeria apex Bank (Centra
lBank Of Nigeria). Since my assumption of office on appointment by the present
Democratic Government,I have been able to ream the imageof this Nation by
offsetting most overdue contract sums owed by the Federal Governmentof Nigeria
to foreign contractors in the past years.
On the process of these payments, I discovered through investigation that
my predecessor attempted to move out the above-mentioned sum outside Nigeria
but was unable as he was removed out of office unaware,Now, I have concluded
all necessary arrangements for the smooth transfer of the money to your
account on trust. Contacting you on this issue became imperative owing to
recommendations through an acceptance of your good integrity and trustworthiness
as I came across in your particulars through a Foreigner who describe as
an honest man. The fund originated from the balance of an over-invoiced
sum of which the principal sum had been paid to foreign company that executed
the contract some years ago. This fund has been floating in a suspense account
with Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN)for a long period of time and I as the
Director of Telex/Money Transfer Department of CBN in the course of my duty
discoveredthis fund and decided to transfer it outside Nigeria through a
trustworthy partner whowill share the fund with me on 30% to 70% basis.
Therefore, what is required from you is to forward in your confidential
bank particulars where this fundwill be transferred. As you will have 30%
of the22million US dollars after a successful transfer into your account
abroad, part of my 70% will be usedon importation of valuable goods and
purchasingof cars through you in Nigeria. Note: that this transaction is
risk free and will be concluded within working days and the money be
remitted into youraccount. Please contact me on thisE-mailaddress:firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com. Also send me your telephone/fax numbers if
you have. Also include your street address.
Please if you are interested in this proposal, as well as if not, do not
hesitate to let me know on time.
Thanks in advance for a mutualand fruitful business association.
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