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Fraud email example:
From: "JOHN SOLO" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 14:41:38 -0800
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL:
I am JOHN SOLO, an accountant of the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Be informed
that my partners and I awarded a contract to a Foreign
Firm (SHENG YANG CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, JAPAN WITH
CONTRACT NO NNPC/PED/1462/KADREF/92) for the
maintenance of the Nigerian Petroleum-Chemical Complex
located at KADUNA, NIGERIA.
The contract amount was US$98,000,000.00 (NINETY EIGHT
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) however, we
over-invoiced the cost of the contract to
US$143,000,000.00. The original contractor has been
paid in full for the contract been executed, the
$45,000,000.00. (FORTY-FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES
DOLLARS ONLY) which is now left is the top up sum.
We as Government Officials are not permitted to own or
operate a foreign bank account. Therefore we need a
reliable person who will provide us with a foreign
banking account where to transfer and deposit this sum
$45,000,000.00 and this is the reason why I am
soliciting your assistance to provide us with an
account to deposit this money.
All modalities for the easy transfer of this fund is
now in place, the period of this transaction is only
two weeks from the day we receive your banking
details. When this money gets to your account, we
will meet face to face for the sharing arrangement.
NOTE that 10% of our share will be invested in your
country. We propose to give you 30% of the
US45,000,000.00, while my partners and I will get 60%
of the money. The balance of 10% will be allocated to
cover all expenses been incurred by both partners, be
informed that this proposal is urgent and confidential
Please send to me the following for speedy processing:
Your full Bank Account Details
Your full Companys Name and Address
Your Private Phone and Fax Number
All this information are needed for easy
communications and will as well be used in securing
the necessary documents for the easy transfer of this
fund to your account.
Note: Please if you are interested in this proposal,
call me through the above phone line:2348023582036
Kindly reply to this mail address if such situation warrants it :
I expect your urgent response.