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Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 16:02:39 +0000
Subject: Diplomatic Courier Delivery Payment
From The Desk Of: Professor Charles C.Soludo,Executive Governor, Central Bank Of Nigeria .Email: email@example.com
RE: IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT CONTRACT #: AV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/008
On behalf of the entire Staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria and theFederal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with IMF and World Bank.We apologise for the delay of your Contract Payment and all theInconveniences you encountered while pursuing this payment.
However,from the Records of outstanding Contractors due for paymentwith the Federal Government of Nigeria, your Name and Company wasdiscovered as next on the list of the outstanding Contractors who have not yet received their payments.I wish to inform you now that the square peg is now in square hole and your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.
Also note that from the record in my file, your outstanding ContractPayment is US$10,700,000.00 (Ten Million Seven Hundred Thousand UnitedStates Dollars).
Kindly re-confirm to me the followings:
Your Full Name: _____________ Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code notP.O.BOX) : _______ Name of City of Residence:_________________ Country:_____________ Direct Telephone Number:_________ Mobile Number:______________
Working Identity Card/Int'l Passport:--------------
soon as the above mentioned details are received, your payment willbe made to you via diplomatic courier delivery inaccordance to WorldBank and IMF recommendations. A diplomat with international travelimmunity will be contracted to deliver the funds at your doorstep.
YOURS SINCERELY,PROFESSOR CHARLES C. SOLUDO,GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN).Email: firstname.lastname@example.org