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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: "Charles Soludo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:50:31 +0000
Subject: FROM C.B.N ( WE ARE SORRY FOR THE DELAY PLEASE BEAR WITH US)
ATTN: IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT,
CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009.
ATTN: RESPECTED CONTRACTOR
From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the
federal government of Nigeria Your name and company was discovered as next
on the list of the outstanding contractors who have not received their
I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be
released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from
my record in my file your outstanding contract payment is US$10.2 Million
Please re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in your record
and also re-confirm to me the followings
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of int'l passport or Drivers License for identification.
As soon as this informations are received, your payment will be made to you
in a certified bank draft or wired to your bank account directly from
central bank of Nigeria and a copy will be given to you for you to take to
your bank and confirm it.
You must call me on my direct number: 234-1-7901563 as soon as you receive
this letter for a serious discussion with me and also get back to me on this
PROF CHARLES SOLUDO,
Executive Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria,
Direct line: 234-1-7901563
N: B: PLEASE CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION.