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Fraud email example:
From: "john saraki" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2005 10:37:34 +0000
Subject: Your Compliance is Urgently Needed (Reply Asap)
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
FROM THE DESK OF:Dr.John Saraki.
REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL.
After due deliberation with my colleagues, I decided to forward this
proposal. We want a reliable person who could assist us to transfer the sum
of Thirty Million United States Dollars (US$30,000,000.00) into his/her
This fund resulted from an over-invoced bill from contract awarded by us
under the budget allocation to my ministry and the bill was approved for
payment by the concerned ministries. The contract has been executed,
commissioned and the contractor was paid the actual cost of the contract. we
are left with the balance of US$30,000,000.00 as part of the over-invoiced
amount, which we have deliberately over estimated, for our own I am
contacting you to be our custodian for this fund.
1. 20% for you (Account Owner)
2. 70% for us
3. 10% for Tax, as may required by our Government and yours.
As you may want to know and to make you less curious,I got your address from
adverts, in business directory that protrayed your establishment in good
light. I am the Secretary of the Contract Awarding Committee (CAC)of the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This transaction is very
much free from all sorts of RISK and TROUBLE from my Government. We have
been exercising patience for this opportunity for so long and to most of us
this is a life time opportunity we cannot affford to miss. To get this fund
paid into your account, we have to present a Payment Invoice from a foreign
establishment like yours. With this invoice, we will seek approval to
transfer the fund within 14 banking days through the APEX BANK to your
designatd Bank Account.
I and one of my colleague involved in this deal will come to your country to
arrange for our share upon the confirmation from you that the money has been
credited into your nominated Bank Account. Consequently upon your acceptance
of my proposal,kindly confirm your interest by revert mail to the above
e/mail address It will surprise you why we choose you and trusted you for
this transaction. Yes, we believe that good friends can be discovered and
business like this cannot be realized without trust. This is why we have
decided to trust you for this transaction. we are looking forward to doing
this transaction with you.
Be further informed that everyone's interest and security had been
considered before you were contacted. So be rest assured and feel free to go
into this transaction with us. But let honesty be our watch word throughout
this transaction and your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
NOTE ON ACCEPTANCES OF THIS PURPOSAL LET ME HAVE YOUR PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
IMMEDIATELY TO ENABLE US HAVE ORAL DISCUSSION.