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Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:41:00 +0000
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT
FROM THE DESK OF MRS CHARITY UWAM DIRECTOR FOREIGN CONTRACT PAYMENT OFFICE, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND,COTONOU BENIN REPUBLIC.TEL FAX +229-93-691-150E-MAIL: email@example.com------------------------------ ---------------------------Attention,With regards to our most efforts to get your fund transferred through our vault, and with the difficulties we faced during these period of trial, we have resolve to understand that you have not completed the transmission requirement.
Be informed that we have oblietrated the former arrangement for your transfer to be through the world fastest means of money transfer (WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER). At this moment, we have gotten an approval from the minister of finance HON, minister Mark J. Bello to start the transfer immediately.
You can contact him directly through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org should there be any need for that.
On this note be informed that we have started working with Western Union Money Transfer in collaboration with the central bank Benin.
Therefore, you will be receiving $5.000:00 per day till the complete transfer of your fund. based on this purpose, your payment instrument has been passed to Sgbbe Bank western union money transfer for onward transfer of your principal sum.
You are therefore advice to contact western union money transfer through email: (email@example.com) or call directly for the rest of the details to enable you pick up your money, 00229-972-326-30.
However, you are therefore required to re-confirm these specific informations as required by the western union for official their documentations, the informations are :1. A scanned valid copy of your identity. 2.Your city. 3. Your Country . 4. Your present address. 5. Your direct phone contact numbers immediately to conclude on your payment.
Mean while your payment has been instructed for $5 000 per day till the completion of your total sum. so, we look forward hearing from you shortly via (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sincerely Mrs Charity UwaomaDirector,International Monetary fund