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Fraud email example:
From: "OBI EZE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 08:07:24 +0000
Subject: FROM EZE OBI REPLY ME
FROM: MR. Eze obi
I am Eze obi chairman contract award committee for the petroleum special
trust fund.I know that these letters will come to you as a surprise since we
have not met in person. please bear with me. we are in search for a reliable
and honest partner abroad that we can entrust with the sum of us$35
million.(THIRTY FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY)
These funds originated from contract we executed for the petroleum trust
fund (PTF) Purpose for the supply and installations of oil-pipeline to
Port-Harcourt and Warri Refineries. This contract has been executed and full
payments have been made to the contractors who executed these contract
leaving behind us$35 million as an over-invoice amount for we the committee
members. In view of this,my colleagues have mandated me to look for a
foreign partner abroad who will receiveThese fund on our behalf. Which means
that you will provide us with any account of your choice where we can lodge
these fund immediately.I will be visiting your country upon your
confirmation in receipt of fund in your nominated account to know you better
and discuss investment or importation of goods back to our country.
DISBURSEMENT OF THE FUND IS AS FOLLOWS:30% of the total sum will be your
shareWhile 60% will be for me and my colleagues 10% will be an outstanding
amount to settle any incurred expenses during the transfer. WE ASSURE YOU
THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE AND VERY LEGITIMATE AS ALL
MODALITIES HAVE BEEN PERFECTED BY US WITH OUR CONNECTION IN GOVERNMENT.
What matters most is honesty on your side and for you to keep everything
confidential until this fund is dully remitted into your nominated account.
If this business interests you, please do not hesitate to email me as a
matter of urgency with your contact phone and fax numbers so that I can give
you more details. Cheers and God bless you.
please reply me throught my altanative email box ;email@example.com