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Fraud email example:
From: "adams makati" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 10:10:10 +0000
Subject: FROM THE DESK OF MR. ADAMS MAKATI
FROM THE DESK OF MR. ADAMS MAKATI
Director: N.N.P.C. Nigeria.
Attention: Dear C.E.O,
REQUEST FOR BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP OF GREAT PROFITS
I am HON. (ADAMS MAKATI), the Director of Procurement and Contract Award at
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of the Federal Republic
I apologized using this medium to reach you for a transaction/ business of
this magnitude, but this is due to Confidentiality and prompt access reposed
on this medium. It is with trust that I wish to contact you on this matter
concerning the transfer of US$30.5Million Dollars.
Sometime ago, a contract was awarded by my Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) an
International Oil Firm, to Service, Turn Around Maintenance and
Rehabilitation Work on Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC)
Plant in Nigeria.
This contract was over-invoiced by us two junior colleagues) and (myself to
the tune of (US$30.5 Million United State Dollars). Though the actual
contract cost have been paid to the original contractor, leaving the balance
in the tune of the said amount which we have in principles gotten approval
to remit by Key Tested Telegraphic Transfer (K.T.T) to any foreign bank
account you will provide.
It is based on this that some officials in my department and I have decided
to establish a cordial business relationship with you, hence my contacting
you. We want you to present yourself as the Beneficiary to this fund, so
that we can release the fund into your account for safety and subsequent
disbursement. We have all modalities set.
We have been disappointed some years ago by a British, Mr. Rick Williams
whom we trusted with a transaction of this nature up to the tune of
US$50Million U.S. Dollars. He is sitting on our money for no apparent reason
and refused to give us our share but we believe that for his act of
wickedness to us, he will never go unpunished by God.
Mr. Rick Williams still resides in London and enjoying our collective money.
Because of this we are afraid and we need your total trust and assurance
that you must be an honest and straightforward person, as we are willing to
try again with you believing in your good cooperation and Faithfulness.
We have agreed to share the money thus:
1. 30% for the account owner (you).
2. 60% for me and my partners
3. 10% to be used in offsetting taxes and all local & foreign expenses.
Please, note that this transaction is 100% safe and risk free and we will
commence the transaction from the date of receipt of the following
information from you via e-mail.
Please if you accept this proposal, send to me by e-mail.
1; YOUR FULL NAMES AND ADDRESS.
2; YOUR PRIVATE PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.
3; YOUR BANKING DETAILS
4; DATE OF BIRTH AND OCCUPATION
With this information, we are going to put in application for the release of
these funds (US$30.5M) into your account for us all. Due to our sensitive
position, we can not afford a slip in this Transaction so contact me
immediately through my e-email address for further information on the
requirements and procedure for this transaction.
It will only take four working days to conclude this business because once
you send your full name and address with your direct phone and fax number,
we shall credit your account through our Reserved Account in Europe.
Remember that my present situation will not allow me to search for another
person, I absolutely HOLD YOU ON TRUST. Therefore we urge you to respond
immediately to this my email address to enable me commence with the
modalities of this transfer as we are well prepared to do this promising
transaction with you and hope to continue with you in future.
Please treat with the strictest confidentiality and utmost urgency.
MR ADAMS MAKATI.