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Fraud email example:
From: "MAZULU AMED" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 23:30:19 -0700
Subject: URGENT ASSISTANCE
NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM COOPERATION
FROM ENGINEER MAZULU AMED
RE: CONTRACT AGREEMENT
I wish to acknowledge and recognize your importance in this business transaction which will take us only one month. I am a member of contract awarding committee which I was the chairman. A contract was awarded to foreign company to lay pipes from Port-Harcourt to Warri refineries which was awarded in the year 2000, the contract was 60 million United State dollars ($) but been a contract awarding committee chairman I over inflated in to the tone of 90 million United State Dollars ($) the work have been completed and the company have been pay by Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation and they have gone, what is left now is 30 million United State Dollars which I kept in one of the Security Company set up by my government that is in charge paying contractors.
I need your assistance to transfer the money in your account; I need your telephone number, your fax number, the name of the bank, your account number of the bank. Please you should keep the business very secret and confidential to yourself, do not tell any body even your wife or your children till the money gets to your account the I will join you in you country and you will introduce me into a profitable fine of business.
I have set aside 100% to be shared between me and you. I being ht e contract awarding committee chairman will get 50%, you that is assisting me will get 40% then 10% will be shared between both parties for any expenses we may meet on the way during the transaction.
Please keep it very secret and confidential to your self until I join you in your country.
From: Engineer Mazulu Amed