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Fraud email example:
From: "wilson smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 04:38:12 +0000
Subject: CONTRACT AGREEMENT
FROM ENGINEER WILSON SMITH.
NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM COPERATION
RE: CONTRACT AGREEMENT.
I wish to acknowledge and recognize your importance in
this business transaction which will take us only one
month. I am a member of contract awarding committee
which I am the chairman.
A contract was awarded to foreign company to lay pipes
from Port- Harcourt to Warri refineries which was
awarded in the year 2000. The contract was 60 million
United State dollars but being a
contract awarding committee chairman, I over inflated
it to the tone of 75.5 million United State Dollars.
The work has been completed and the company has been
paid by Nigeria National Petroleum
Co-operation and they have gone. What is left now is
15.5 million United State Dollars which was kept in
one of the Finance/Security Company set up by the
Federal Government that is in charge of
paying foreign contractors.
I need your assistance to assist me conclude this
golden opportunity and to secure the fund into your
possession, because being the chairman, I cannot do it
alone without the help of a foreigner who will stand
as the contractor who executed the job. So furnish me
with the following particulars for me to perfect the
remmittance of this fund to your posession.
1, YOUR FULL NAMES.
2,YOUR COMPANY NAME (IF ANY)
3, YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.
4, YOUR PRIVATE PHONE/FAX NUMBERS.
Please you should keep the business very secret and
confidential to yourself. Do not tell anybody even
your wife or your children till the money gets to your
account. Then I will join you in your country for a
meeting and subsequently, you introduce me into a
profitable business where I will invest my own share
of the fund.
I have set aside 100% to be shared between me and you.
I being the contract awarding committee chairman will
get 50%, you that is assisting me will get 40% then
10% will be shared between both parties for any
expenses we may meet on the way during the
Please keep it very secret and confidential to
Awaiting your urgent response for us to proceed.