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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 19:32:27 +0100 (CET)
Subject: IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
INTERNATIONAL REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT
CORPORATE HEAD QUARTERS TINUBU SQUARE,
MARINA LAGOS NIGERIA.
IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT / NO:
Our Ref : CBN/IRD/CBX/021/06
We Apologies, for the delay of your payment and all the Inconveniences and Inflict that we might have indulge you through. However, we were having some minor problems with our payment system, which is Inexplicable, and have held us stranded and Indolent, not having the Aspiration to devote our 100% Assiduity in accrediting foreign contract payments. We Apologies once again.
>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 Theoutstanding contractors who have not received their payments.
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$10M,(Ten Million United States Dollars only) Please re-confirm to me if this is Online 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's name,position and address.
(4)profession, age and marital status.
As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wired to your nominated bank account directly from central bank of Nigeria.
As soon as you receive this letter for further discussion, get back to my private: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROFESSOR CHARLES C. SOLUDO,
GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).