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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: "DR USMAN BELLO." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 01:54:25 +0100 (CET)
Subject: ATTENTION:BENEFICIARY/HONORABLE CONTRACTOR
FROM THE DESK OF DIRECTOR
RE:UNITED NATIONS/NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT/AMERICAN GOVERNMENT/THE EUROPEAN
UNION 2006/2007 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS. This is to bring to your humble notice that I am delegated from the United Nations To
Central Bank to pay a compensation fee to 150 Scam Victims shortlisted
for this excercise with the sum USD$50,000 (fifty THOUSAND UNITED STATE
DOLLAR) mapped out and where each scam victims will
be duly compensated, this was officially confirmed after last G-8 World
Leaders summit in Germany.
Your name was short-listed and approved for this payment as one of the
scammed victims to be paid a compensation from this amount, get back to
as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your USD$50,000
compensations funds. On this faithful recommendations, want you to know
that during the last U.N. meetings held at Abuja,Nigeria, it was
alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by
various individuals to the Nigerian scams artists operating in
syndicates all over the world today. In other to compensate victims,
the U.N Body in conjunction with the Nigerian Government is now paying 150 victims of this operators USD$50,000each in accordance with the U.N.
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, the
payments are to be supervised by the United Nations' Officials and the
Central Bank Nigeria as the corresponding paying bank is BANK PHP BANK
According to the number of applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has
been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, we still
have more 36 left to be paid the compensations of USD$50,000 will be
paid as compensation each to all scam victims their names was listed in
this quarter of the fiscal year 2007. Your particulars was mentioned by
one of the Syndicates who was arrested as one of their victims of the
operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this
message to him for any reason what so ever as the U.S. secret service
is already on trace of the other criminals. So keep it secret till they
are all apprehended. Other victims who have not been contacted can
submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible
You can receive your compensations payment via any of this options you
Choose, ONE YOU EITHER COME DOWN TO NIGERIAN TO OFFICIALLY SIGN YOUR FUND RELEASE COMPENSATION DOCUMENTS AND THE OTHER OPTION IS TO HAVE THE DOCUMENTS, DRAFT OR CHEQUE PACKAGED AND DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR STEP THROUGH OUR INSURED ACCREDITTED DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE, THIS IS INCASE YOU CANNOT COME DOWN HERE TO SIGN ALL NECESSARY COMPENSATION FUND RELEASE DOCUMENTS AND NOTE THIS WILL TAKE THE DIPLOMATIC EXPRESS COURIER SERVICE FIRM ONLY 48HRS TO DELIVER THE DOCUMENTS TO YOUR DOOR STEP AS OUR OWN WAY OF MAKING SURE THAT THE RIGHT PERSON RECEIVE THEM, EVERYTHING NOW DEPEND ON YOUR CHIOCE AND OPTION. Also I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.
NOTE: That the cost of dispatching the documents, the Draft or Cheque
pending what option you choosed will be burned by you and if you feel
you want to come down to sign all the necessary paper work, then you
should not hesitate to let me know, so that i can assist you in getting
a visiting Visa down to Nigeria, because this is in line with the
Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) that Nigerian government signed with
all the authorities listed above.
CHAIRMAN DEBT RECONCILLATION COMMITTEE (CBN).
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