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From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 04:41:46 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: ATM-811 TREAT URGENTLY
ATM-811 TREAT URGENTLY
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE,VICTORIA ISLAND,
LAGOS - NIGERIA
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR
FINANCIAL SECTOR SURVEILLANCE
From the desk of:
YOUR PAYMENT VIA HSBC-VISA ATM DEBIT CARD.
Account normalization of your banking details has been delayed by International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Financial Services Authority (UK). This has made it necessary for your contract payment to be programmed into HSBC Visa Atm Debit Card. The total fund in question is $8,300,000.00 This is the first part of the Payment of which the balance will subsequently be paid into same account.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), working in relationship with HSBC London and also Leeds Bank in Londonhas concluded to issue you a VISA CARD with which you can access your contract /beneficiary amount$8,300,000.000 This card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is Twenty Thousand United States Dollars($20,000.00) per day. So if you like to receive your fund in this way, please let us know by contacting the ATM payment department and also send the following information as listed below:
1. Full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want them to send the ATM card to
(p.o box not acceptable)
4. Your age and current occupation
5.A scan copy of your ID.
The ATM card payment center was mandated to issue out $8,300,000.00 as part payment for this fiscal year 2007 to you so bear with us. Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct,which is (ATM-811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting thecard center by using it as your subject.
We anticipate your total compliance to this message immediately.
FINANCIAL SECTOR SURVEILLANCE.
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