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Fraud email example:
From: "=?utf-8?q?Mrs.Alhaja=20Waziri?=" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 00:47:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: URGENT RESPOND NEED FROM YOU TODAY.
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:email@example.com
- ATTENTION:We hereby wish you and your family the best of prosperity. This letter will definitely be amazing to you because of its realistic value. Sorry for the inconveniences that was rendered to you in your line of Inheritance Payment transaction with some impersonators some while ago. I know that this letter will hit you by surprise, but firstly I will like to introduce myself;I am Chief Mrs. Alhaja Waziri (AIG rtd.) Economic And Financial crime Commission. On the 1st of October 2000, the former President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria (Chief Olusegun Obasanjo) introduced a Commission named the "ICPC", (Nigeria's Anti-Fraud Unit) which is duly registered under the United Nations (U.N.O).This particular Commission was initiated to detect fraud/funds delay/impersonation of Government Officials. Secondly, we are mandated by the US Government to settle foreign debts/fraud victims/Un-paid beneficiaries to satisfactory in other to maintain peace in the world at large and also to create a good relationship with the international bodies. Presently, we are being paid by the American government in other to avert beneficiary funds delays/fraud here in Nigeria. So far in this present year, we have settled the likes of (Mrs. Debbie Hargrove, Mr. Michael Wagner etc). You are being contacted by this office today because your Case File (A) is the very first File on top of our Settlement Files Cabinet. From our intelligent investigations and Probing processes we discovered that you are a victim of fraud/funds delay.The "ICPC", is faithfully under my governance as the Legal Chairman of the great Commission and to this Authority I took an oath of allegiance to settle all fraud victims peacefully. This Memorandum is to notify you that you will be settled by the Nigerian Government from our initial Deposit Account.Your settlement will be actualized within 3 working days after your response to this Official Letter. For further clarification/investigation kindly confirm if this information on your file is still correct 1. Your full name:2. Your residential address :3. Mobile and fax number (for regular official contact) 4.your inheritance funds value 5.The Amount which you have lost previously.This above-mentioned information will officially enable us to carry out our verification processes and after that your total sum/Inheritance Funds will be electronically wired into your designated Bank account or through a Diplomatic Delivery Service, depending on which mode you prefer. Your immediate compliance to this will expedite actions on your Payment because here in this office, we have lots of listed victims to be settled.Officially Signed,Best Regards Chief Mrs. Alhaja Waziri (AIG rtd.)