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Fraud email example:
From: "cbn_governor03" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 21:22:32 -0600
Subject: YOUR IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE, VICTORIA ISLAND,
[OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR]
PRIVATE MOBILE: +234-80-57600747
FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)
ATTN: OUR ESTEEMED CONTRACTOR.
SUBJECT:YOUR IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT CONTRACT#:
The Federal Republic of Nigeria Government determined interest to off set all overdue Foreign Contract Payment worth of (5 Billion USD), In accordance with the New Law of payment policy, as amended to expedite the immediate settlement of all outstanding debt owed by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Therefore I am obliged to inform you that from the records of outstanding contracts due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria, your name and company was discovered as next on the list of The outstanding contractor who have not received their payments.
I also 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 $15.7 million dollars (Fifteen million seven hundred Thousand United States dollars)
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 any valid working identity.
As soon as this information are received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft from central bank of Nigeria and a copy will be given to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it, And get back to me via telephone number 234-80-57600747
Waiting for your urgent response, wishing you success in the year 2006
PROF CHARLES SOLUDO.
Central Bank Of Nigeria.(C.B.N)