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Fraud email example:
From: "benson ede" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 21:40:07 +0000
Subject: PAYMENT ALLOCATION OF USD$10.5M
ECOWAS BANK FOR INVESTMENT & DEVELOPMENT
FROM THE DESK OF MR.BENSON EDE
PAYMENT ALLOCATION OF USD$10.5M
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 payments. We
apologies once again.
From the records of outstanding inheritance fund due for payment with the
federal government of Togo, your name was discovered as next kin on the list
of the outstanding inheritance fund who have not yet received their
I wish to inform you now that the square peg is now in square whole and can
be voguish for 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 Inheritance
payment with us is US$10.5M, (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars only)
Kindly 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 informations are received, your payment will be made to you
in a certified bank transfer from Ecowas Bank For Investment & Development,
Lome-Togo and a copy of doucments will be given to you for your Confirmation
of your payment.
For further clarification you can always reach me on my direct number
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