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Fraud email example:
From: "DANIEL MUSA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 05:32:53 -0800
Subject: PLEASE KINDLY RESPOND.
ALHAJI SHEHU SHAGARI WAY
ZONE 11 GARKI FCT ABUJA.
P.M.B 1220887 ABUJA
I guess my letter would not embarrass you since I had no previous
correspondent with you. I was given your company details by the foreign
trade office of Nigerian chamber of commerce and industry. My request
however centers on mutual collaboration and your unflinching support to
confidentially setup a joint business outfit in your country. I hope I would
not regret approaching you because; the present world is full of dishonesty
I am HON.DANIEL MUSA, at present working as the project accountant and
member of contract award of the Nigeria National Petroleum Co-operation
(NNPC). In 2004 my cooperation awarded contracts for refurbishing of
petrochemical complex at Eleme, supply and installation for rigging and
drilling equipment, repainting of warri and Port-Harcourt refineries and
turn around maintenance (TAM).
To a consortium of CHIYODA SEPIEBATGROLES FOUGEROLLE AND BOUYGUES for
USD$420,000,000.00. But as members of the contracts award committee, we
masterminded the over-invoicing of the contract value to USD$483,000,000.00.
Last year the contractors received part of their payments, but now, they are
receiving the balance of their payments. We require an honest and
trustworthy person like you, who will not betray our trust to co-operate and
allow the use of your company account to transfer out the balance of
over-invoice sum, because we were betrayed and cheated last year.
The total sum over-invoiced was USD$63m but last year as the contractors
were receiving their part payment, we entered into an agreement with one Mr.
ANTONIO ABACCI an Italian and president of Ruggerini Motori SPA of 42100
Villa Bago Reggio Emillia to use his account number with first Pacific Bank
Limited of 57059 Chalhan. The first installment of USD$20m was dully
transferred and we agreed that at the completion of the transfer he would
retain 20% of the total fund, while 75% will be for us who put the project
together, 5% was to be used to offset all the transfer expenses incurred
including his bank charges, but out of greed, Mr. ABACCI betrayed the trust.
He re-transferred out the fund to an unknown account and has refused to get
in touch with us. We have however left his conscience to be the judge.
To be frank, we do not wish to fall second time victims that is why we want
to bestow this trust on you, and it is our sincere wish that you do not
betray it. The balance of USD$63m is what we have now left and because of
the bad experiences we had last year, we favored on added incentive. To
remove all from anxiety, we resolve to enter into a joint business where by
the parties will primarily establish and incorporate a company since we are
civil servants mandated by law not to maintain foreign account while still
in active service.
We have entered into a legal agreement on terms and conditions to be set
fort by you if you are interested, you are required to send to me by email
or phone immediately a corporate acceptance letter. Meanwhile in order to
apply formally for claims approvals, we require your company and bank
details, which we would remit the fund and also your private telefax numbers
for effective communication.
It is however note-worthy that this business is extremely sensitive and must
be kept confidential. Further more 30% of the money transferred will be due
for you as a compensation for your effort and assistance, 5% for incidental
expenses to be incurred on the course of transfer of these fund while the
rest into the proposed joint business project. Please note remittance would
be effective between 12-14 days on receipt of your bank details. However, do
endeavor to reply me if your capability does not meet up our proposal, so
that I can further more negotiations.
Send me your response via:(email@example.com)
Thanks for your cooperation God bless.