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Fraud email example:
From: "Christopher Obi" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 17:48:16 -0700
I want to apologise if this will interupt your privacy. I need somebody
i can rely on and trust with the confidence of my intention.
I write to inform you of my desire to acquire estates, shares or landed
properties in your country on behalf of the Director, Contracts and Finance
Allocation, Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) who concidentally is my
Considering his very strategic and influential position, he would want the
transaction to be strictly as confidential as possible. He further want his
identity to remain undisclosed at least for now, until the completion of
the transaction.Nigeria, present Financial Policy do not favor us having
large sums of money in our possession for now. Hence our desire to have an
oversea agent. I have therefore been directed to inquire if you would agree
to act as our oversea agent in order to actualise this transaction.
The deal in brief is that the funds with which to carry out our proposed
investments in your country is presently in a coded account in the Nigerian
apex bank and we need your assistance to transfer the funds to your country
or any safe account outside your country in a convenient bank account that
will be provided by you before we can put the funds into use. For this you
shall be considered to have executed a contract for the aforementioned Nigeria
Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG). The contract sum of which runs into US$23.5Million
of which your share shall be 30% if you agree to be our overseas agent.
Your area of specialisation does not matter in this transaction, all that
is required of you is a safe account and your willingness to assist us acquire
estates in your country.
As soon as payment is effected and the amount mentioned above is successfully
transferred into your account, we intend to use our own share in acquiring
some estates abroad. For this too, you shall serve as our agent . It might
interest you to note that, you have to reassure us in any way you can that
will be capable in this regard, as we have they are a lot scams out of their
and we have lost a lot, as a result of seeking assistance from the wrong
hands/partner. Last year, a similar transaction (ie.proceeds/bribe we made
from Halliburton, USA to award a major NLNG contract at the Bonny Island)
was carried out with one Fernandez Yu of Taiwan but after securing the payment
approvals, and payment effected, Fernandez Yu changed his numbers and addresses,
and was no where to be found on our getting to Taiwan.
That was how we lost US$7.5Million. So this time around, I will be with
you before the remmittance is made into your provided account to avoid future
occurrence and allow trust to play a very minimal role until performance
You are requested to communicate your acceptance or otherwise of this proposal,
via this email for now==[firstname.lastname@example.org]. After which we
shall discuss in details the modalities for seeing this transaction through.
If however, you are not disposed to assist, kindly delete/destroy this letter
in view of the confidentiality of the proposed transaction and interest of
personalities involved. But, if this transaction is successful, I can assure
that my partner will do his utmost best to secure a contract with NLNG for
you, if you so desire in the nearest future.
Finally, we wish to reassure you that the process is hitch free and your
utmost confidentiality should be our priority right now.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.
Engr. Christopher Obi
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