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Fraud email example:
From: "Edward Donald" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 00:42:29 +0000
Subject: PLEASE URGENT REPLY NEEDED.
FROM THE DESK OF
ENGR EDWARD DONALD
N N P C.
MUTUAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP-STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
I am ENGR EDWARD DONALD ,the chief accountant of The Nigeria National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and I head a five man tender board in charge of
contract awardand payment approvals.I came to know of you in my search for a
reliable person to handle a very confidential transaction which involves the
transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account.There were series of
contracts executed by a consortion of multinationals in the oil industry in
favour of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) among which were for
TRANSFER OF US$35.5M AMERICAN DOLLARS INTO ACCOUNT.After due deliberation
with my colleagues, I decided to forward to you this business proposal. We
want a reliable person who could assist us to transfer the sum of
Thirty-Five Million, five Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars ($35.5m) into his
account. The sum resulted from an over-invoice bill from a contract awarded
by us over the budget allocation to my ministry and the bill was approved
for payment by the concerned ministries. The contract was executed,
commission and the contractor was paid actual cost of the contract. We are
left with balance of $35.5 as the over-invoice amount we have deliberately
over estimated for our use. But under our protocol division, civi servant
are forbidden to operate or own foreign account. This is why icontact you
fo assistance. We have agreed to share the money as follows:
(1) 60% for us ( the officials) (2) 30% for your (Account Owner)
(3) 10% for Expenses (External and internal)Chamber of Commerce and
I am a top official with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)and
the chairman, contract Award committee). This transaction is very free from
all sort of risk, hence the business was carefully planned before it was
successfully excuted. We the officials involved in this deal have put in
many years in service to our various ministries. We have been exercising
patience for this opportunity for so long and for most of us, this is a life
time opportunity we can't afford to miss. To get this fund paid into your
account, we have to present an international business outfit and consequent
upon your agreement, you are require to send the following document
information through the above e-mail(firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1)Your full names, (2)your house Address,
(3) Your Privat tellphone and TelFax Number for an easy and confidential
These information documents will enable usseek apply for the relevant
payment approvals of the fund to the concern ministries esterblishment. You
may be require to sign the fund released authority documents in our National
Bank. Three officials will come to your country to arrange for our share.
All these will only take us 14 working days to transfer this fund into your
account right from the day we receive the requirements Let honesty be our
watch word throughout this transaction and your prompt and continous reply
will be appreciated through the above e-mail(email@example.com)
ENGR EDWARD DONALD