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Fraud email example:
From: "rev ella" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 03:04:42 +0000
FROM THE DESK OF
REV DR Homas Ella
21 VICTORIA ISLAND LAGOS
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
Having consulted with my colleagues and based on the information Gathered
from the Nigerian Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, I have the privilege to
request your assistance to transfer the sum of (15,500.000.00) FIFITEEN
MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS, into your accounts.
The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced contract, executed,
Commissioned and paid for about three years (3) ago by a foreign
This action was however intentional and since then the fund has been in a
suspense account at The Central Bank Of Nigeria Apex Bank. We are now ready
to transfer the fund overseas and that is where you Come in. It is important
to inform you that as civil servants, we are Forbidden to operate a foreign
account; that is why we require your assistance.
The total sum will be shared as follows: 65% for us, 30% for you and 5% for
local and international expenses incidental to the transfer.
The transfer is risk free on both sides. I am an accountant with the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). If you find this proposal
acceptable,we shall require the following documents:(1) Your banker name and
address (2) Your private telephone and fax numbers ? for confidentiality and
easy communication. (c) Your full name and address.
Alternatively we will furnish you with an application form which you will
file and apply directly to the Central Bank of Nigeria, where this money was
deposited, along with a breakdown explaining, comprehensively what we
require of you. The business will take us (14) working days to accomplish.
Await your urgent response.
Rev. Dr. THomas Ella.