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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 15:16:32 +0000
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSAL.
From the Desk of:mr. benson kelly
This letter may come to you as a surprise since it is coming from someone
you have not met before. However, we decided to contact you based on a satisfactory
information we had about you.
I am a Medica Doctor currently working with the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF).
I and some of my close and trusted colleagues need your assistance in the
transfer of US$21.8 million into any reliable Accountyou may nominate overseas.This
fund was generated from over-invoicing of contracts executed by the PTF
under our control and supervision.
This fund is now ready to be remitted into any Account we put forward for
that purpose. Whatwe want from you is a good and reliable company orpersonal
Account into which we shall transfer thisfund. Details should include the
1. Name of Company, Address & Your Private Telephone & Fax Number.
2. Name of Bank & Address of Bank .
3. Account Number
4.Beneficiary Name Upon receipt of your company & bank particulars.
Application shall be made in your name to the Central Bank of Nigeria for
the approval of the remittance of the funds which shall be by SWIFT (Telegraphictransfer)
copies of the approval and othe relevantdocuments shall be faxed to you
for your perusal.
please treat as strictly confidential forobvious reasons. The fund will
be shared as follows:1.30% for your assistance2. 60% for myself & my Colleagues3.10%
for contingency expensesWe wish to assure you that your involvement should
you decide to assist us, will be well protected, and also, this business,
proposal is 100% risk free as the remittance will be madethrough the legal
Note: your discussions regarding this transactionshould be limited because
we are still in governmen service.
We intend to retire peacefully at the end of this transaction. Let be honesty
and trust be our watchword throughout this transaction and your prompt reply
will be highly appreciated.
Hank you for your anticipated cooperation while we look forward to a mutuall
benefiting business relationship with you.
mr benson kelly
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