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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 01:53:30 +0000
Contact me back view: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the auditing and closing of all financial records of the Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN) it was discovered from the records of outstanding
Foreign contractors due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria
in the year 2005 that your name and company is next on the list of Those
who will receive their fund.
I wish to officially notify you that your payment is being processed And
will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also Note
that from the record in our file, your outstanding contract payment Is USD$85,000,000.00
(Eighty-five Million United States Dollars).
Kindly re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in your Record
and also re-confirm the information below to enable this office Proceed
and finalize your fund remittance without further delays.
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of Drivers License I .D.
As soon as the above information are received, your payment will be Made
available to you via an international certified bank draft, which Will be
delivered to your doorstep for your confirmation. You should call My direct
number as soon as you receive this letter for further Discussion and more
clarification. Also get back to me on this e-mail
addres(email@example.com) and ensure that you mail me all the details
Requested to my e-mail as instructed.
Prof. Charles C. Soludo.
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
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