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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 16:19:55 +0000
Phone: (24 hours): 234 802 764 0445
I am the Chairman of the Contract Award Committee of the
Petroluem and Natural Resources Ministry here in Nigeria, for
security reasons, I may not wish to disclose how I got your
email address for now.
After due deliberation with my partner, I decided to forward
to you this business proposal.We want you to assist us
receive the sum of
Twenty eight million, six hundred thousand united state bills
(us28.6m) into your account. This fund resulted from an
over-invoiced contract awarded by us under the budget
allocation to my ministry and the bill was approved for
payment by the concerned ministries. The contract was
executed, commissioned and the contractor was paid his actual
cost of the contract. Now, we are left with the balance of
us28.6m as the over invoiced amount, which we have
deliberately over estimated for our own use. Please note that
the law forbids civil servants to operate or own foreign
accounts hence this contact, we have agreed to share the
money in the following percentages: 30 for you, 60 for us 10
for tax as may be required by your government.
Note that this transaction is very much free from all sorts
of risk hence the business was carefully planned before it
was successfully executed and we the officials involved in
the deal have put many years in service to our ministry. We
have been exercising patience for this privilege for so long
not until the presidential announcement last week, that all
foreign contractors owed be paid forthwith, this will enable
the presidency reconcile our debt ratio with the outside
world and to most of us, this is a lifetime blessing we
cannot afford to miss. Upon indication of your interest to
fully co-operate with us, a payment application/information
form will be sent to you via email for completion.
Note that the following information: a) bankers name and
address, b) account number and account name and c) your
private phone number and email address will enable us
seek/secure approval of the fund from the concerned
government quarters/ministries within 3-4 banking days.
As soon as we confirm receipt of this money in your nominated
bank account, my partner and I will come over to your country
to arrange for our own share and possibly invest part of this
money in your country.
Let honesty and trust be our watchword throughout this
transaction. I shall furnish you with some details about
myself. Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
Engr. Michaels. I. S. A