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Fraud email example:
From: "JAMES AGU" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 16:47:21 +0000
Subject: From: Dr.james Agu
Nigeria LNG Limited,
C & C Towers, Plot 1684 Sanusi Fafunwa Street,
Victoria Island, P.M.B. 12774 (Marina),
RE: TRANSFER OF US$28,500,000,00 (TWENTY EIGHT MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) TO A SAFE ACCOUNT.
I wish to intimate you with this proposal in my Capacity as a Chief
Accountant and in full agreement With the Auditor-General of this Company
(Nigeria Liquidfied Natural Gas).
We scrutinized all records and the accounts of Awarded and executed
contracts of this company (NLNG) during the previous military regime, since
The inception of democracy in Nigeria and carefully Uncover and mapped out a
whopping sum US$28.5M which We want to transfer into your account as the
It might interest you to know that Beginning of this current civilian
government at a Working assets capital of US$3billion and will Definitely
gulp more USD2billion on the completion of the fifty part.
You can authentically apply for supply if it interest you to be our client
with full guarantee from me. The money $28.5M has been approved for payment
by this company NLNG, the Federal Ministry of Finance (endorsed by the
Accountant General of the Federation) and to be paid by the Apex Bank of
Nigeria under contract number,NLAG/FGN/FMF/CBN/B2517/99. As top civil
servants, we are not authorized to operate foreign bank accounts hence our
decision to use your account in full trust and confidence to transfer this
money outside Nigeria.
We have accepted you as our foreign partner sum(US$28.5M (TWENTY-EIGHT
MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY).
Moreover, it is pertinent to note that it is not risky and does not require
much engagement since we have taken care of the deal in full capacity, We
have resolved to give you 30% of the total for your assistance.
If you are interested in this deal, please contact me through my e-mail
address email@example.com for more lively information,Remember to give me
your phone line and fax through which I can send you the approved documents
for your perusal. I am anxiously waiting for your response with hope that
you will understand the confidential nature of this transaction.
Dr. James Agu.