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Fraud email example:
From: "Andrew Okafor" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 22:44:53 -0600
Subject: GOODDAY TO YOU
Good day to you.
I hope this letter meets you well, I am Mr.ANDREW OKAFOR am sorry if I have
intruded on your privacy or barged in on you without your permission.
I have a very rewarding project which I think will be beneficial to both of
us putting trust,confidentialty and most of all the fear of God into focus.
If after going through this email you do not find it interesting please
disregard it and send me a formal response.
I was a member of the Abuja National stadium building and organizing
committee of the just concluded "ALL AFRICAN GAMES" which was organized and
hosted by Nigeria but before now I have been a director of sports in the
Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development.
We were appointed over 3 years ago to supervise the
building of the ultra modern Abuja National stadium, putting in place all
equipments needed for the completion of the stadium which is acclaimed to be
one of the best in the world today and also involved in the planning and
hosting of the games.
This project cost the government of Nigeria millions of dollars.
The stadium project has been completed,all equipments put in place and
commissioned and used for the All African Games tagged "ABUJA 2003".The
accounts have been rendered to the government satisfactorily and we have
received commendations for a job well done.
During the construction, planning and execution of this project,as the
chairman of contract award committee I was able to make some money for
myself through contract that was awarded to Dewolfgang Gmbh which I
over-invoiced to the tune of USD18.5M with the help of Dewolfgang
All I want you to do is to assist me in clearing this amount while standing
in as the owner and director of Vacknol Nigeria International Limited in
whose name I made as the beneficiary of the funds.
Vacknol Nigeria International Limited is an international company and could
have a company anywhere in the world the mostimportant thing been that it is
registered here in Nigeria as a limited liability company in line with the
company and allied matters decree of Nigeria which I have since done, I have
also in my possession some contract document which will act as proof that
Vacknol Nigeria International Limited executed the contract as a sub
contractor under the Dewolfgang Gmbh who is the major contractor that
executed the contract that was over -invoiced.
On the payment of this money to you as the supplier in the name of Vacknol
Nigeria International Limited because I will apply for the transfer in this
name,and you as the director of the company. I will come to meet with you so
that we can both sit down and discuss further,what kind of business we will
enter into or if need be expand your already existing business, but
actually I hope to establish a five star hotel and go into real estate
development as these are life time businesses that I know are of high yeild
interest any where in the world.
I know you will be entitled to some percentage of this money as compensation
for your efforts, Please feel free to indicate what you will take from this
amount,as this is very important to me before we commence proceedings.
I will tell you more about this when I hear from you.I will give you every
detail of what we are to do . Please do contact me immediately.