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Fraud email example:
From: PROFFESSOR MAXWELL REV MAXWELL SHARGAN <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 20:28:34 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: SHALOM COURIER COMPANY SERVICE URGENT RESPOND TO ENABLE YOU RECEIVE YOUR BOX
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SHALOM COURIER COMPAMY SERVICE LTD BENIN REPUBLIC OF WEST AFRICAN.
Avenue Mgr Isidore de Souza 41 Blvd Du Mongo Cotonou Benin.
FOR URGENT PLS CALL /
DIRECTOR GENERAL .
SHALOM COURIER COMPANY SERVICE LTD.
For proper verification RECONFIRM YOUR INFORMATION TO US , you will have to resend your mailing address to which were you want your Consignment shall be delivered to, along with a scanned copy of your drivers license or passport photograph for proper identification.
PAYMENT DETAILS BELOW
USE THE BELOW INFORMATION FOR THE PAYMENT OF INSURANCE CERTIFICATES AND CLAIMS OF AFFADVITE FEE.
RECEIVER NAME:MR MIKE OFFODILE.
Test question: A
amount; $95 USD
immediately you send the fee forward the western union payment reciept to us.
You are welcome to SHALOM COURIER COMPANY SERVICE LTD an affiliate of the delivery service.We are pleased to be at your service.SHALOM COURIER COMPANY SERVICE LTD is Regulated and Stipulated by the Delivery Service Authority(DSA),the delivery institutions that Government all delievry activities in the Benin Republic.This office has been Notified by your partner of trunk box deposited in our company for the delivery to your nominated address.The original copy of your insurance certificate,together with a covering document(Letter of Affidavit for Claims) from the Benin government stating that the consignment was obtained legally through your partner will be sent to you as soon as you meet with our demand here.
Your mailing address where to deliver your package has been noted with your telephone number.we can now begin the final step of the delievry process, which is the delivery of your trunk box to you. With regards to this, there are little charges you are required to pay to us to enable us carry out the delivery to your nominate address within 48 hours.Here is the charges estimate presented below: Courier of your trunk box to you via SHALOM COURIER COMPANY SERVICE LTD SERVICE LTD Dispatch LTD of this channel below:
SHALOM COURIER COMPANY SERVICE DISPATCH LTD.
Letter of Affidavit for Claims: $40
Insurance fee/Vat Tag : $55
TOTAL: $95 USD
Note:The charges cannot be Deducted from our side for this is our mode of operation or manipulation.This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the National Courier Act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the constitutional assembly.This is to protect customers and to avoid misappropriation of luggages and receive Situations.
Please respond to this email by making an arrament for the above payment.Send your response to indicate your option within the next 24hrs,because you only have 10 working days to claim your package and after this period, your package will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be divert to Benin Government Treasury.Once again, Welcome to SHALOM COURIER COMPANY SERVICE LTD Dispatch LTD.
The information contained in this message is confidential and/or privileged. This message is intended to be read only by the person named above.The unauthorised use, disclosure, copying or alteration of this message is strictly prohibited. If you are not the addressee, (responsible for delivery of the message to the addressee), please notify the originator by return message and destroy the original message.
Treat with dispatch,
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