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Fraud email example:
From: "daniel obosi" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 04:03:20 +0000
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE.
I NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE.
CHIEF AUDITOR MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS
Dear Good Friend,
Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and if it
might offend you without your prior consent and writing through this
channel.I DR DANIEL OBOSI CHIEF AUDITOR MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS
COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC.I got your information when I was searching for a
reliable,honest and trustworthy person to entrust this business with.
I was simply inspired and motivated to pick your contact from the many names
and lists in the web site.I wish to transfer the sum of $14,300,000.00 USD
(Fourteen Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only.)into
your personal or company`s bank account.
This fund was a residue of the over invoiced Industrial Contract bills
awarded by MINISTRIE OF FINANCE ECONOMICS COTONOU-BENIN REPUBLIC to some
foreign firms.This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully protected
with all the attendant lope holes sealed off.
As the chief auditor,I have the cooperation and mandate of the Financial
Director and the Secretary. It was my consensus to seek the assistance of a
willing foreigner to provide us with the facilities to transfer this money
out of West Africa.This is borne out of our beleive in the non-stable and
sporous political nature of this sub-region. The original contractors have
been duely paid by the Banque Centrale Des Etats De L`Afrique De L`Ouest
(Central Bank of the West African States)This balanceis suspended in the
escrow accounts awaiting claims by any foreign company of our choice.I
intend to pay out this fund now as the organisation is winding up its
activities. Based on the laws and ethics of employment,we as civil servants
working under this organisation, are not allowed to operate a foreign
account.This is the more reason why we needed your assistance to provide an
account that can sustain this fund for safe keeping and our future
investment with your comprehensive advise,assistance and partnership in your
I have however agreed,as the account owner in this deal to allow you 40% of
the entire sum as compensation,why 55% will be held on trust for me while 5%
will be used to defray any incidental charges and cost if any,during the
course of the transactions. This transaction will be successfully concluded
within 5-7 days if you accord us your unalloyed and due cooperation. Upon
the receipt of this informations,the certificate of job completion of one of
the contracts will be issued in your for the transfering of the fund to your
nominated account without delay.As with the case of all organised
(sensitive)and conspired DEALS,we solicit for our unreserved confidentiality
and utmost secret in this business. We hope to retire peacefully and lead a
honourable business life afterwards. There are no risks involved.
PLEASE REPLY TO MY SECURED EMAIL WHICH IS firstname.lastname@example.org