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Fraud email example:
From: "prince _deen" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:12:05 +0000
>From the desk of: Eng.prince Deen
Executive Director/Financial Controller
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC)
Falomo Office Annex
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP.
I am the financial controller of Nigerian National Petroleum
(NNPC). I got your Contact address from an associate working with
Nigerian Export Promotion Council. I and my colleagues are ministry
officials in charge of offshore remittance in this Corporation
are seeking your assistance to transfer of Forty Two Million
(US$42,000,000.00) to your account for further private investment.
This amount accrued from an over-invoiced contract amount for the
construction of an Oil Refinery Sub- stations in Nigeria in 1995 to
expatriate companies. The contract was originally valuedforone
Twenty Seven Million United States Dollar US$127,000,000.00) but we
manipulated the figure to read one Hundred and Sixty Nine Million
States Dollars($169,000,000.00) The extra $42,000,000.00 is what we
transfer to your account.
This contract has been completely executed and the original
been paid all their contract bills less this $42,000,000.00 For
assistance, we have agreed to remunerate you with 30% because it is
impossible for us to claim the amount here in Nigeria without
collaboration. 5% has been mapped out for any miscellaneous
incurred by either party during this business, and 65% for my
It may interest you to know that four years ago, a similar
carried out with one Mr. Patrice Miller, the President of Craine
International Trading Corporation at number 135 East57thStreet,
floor,New York.10022 with Tel: 212-308-7788 and TLX number 6731689.
Patrice disappeared into thin air when he received the money. His
and Telex numbers had been reallocated to other users by the time
New York for our share. This explains exactly why we will make a
agreement between you and us, should you be willing to assist in
All modalities to effect the payment and subsequent transfer of
have been worked out. This transaction is 100% risk free but
percent confidentiality. This is a golden opportunity which must
allowed to slip out of any careless acts and utterances. We chose
this transaction because we believe that good friends can be
businesses such as this cannot be realized without trust. You can
assured that your security has been considered beforeyouwere
I await your urgent response.