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Fraud email example:
From: "George Babs" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 00:47:27 +0100
Subject: URGENT CAPITAL INVESTMENTS .
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING
FROM: DR. GEORGE BABS. ( Mnse, JP.)
ASSISTANCE REQUIRED FOR ACQUISITION OF ESTATES IN YOUR COUNTRY.
I write to inform you of my desire to
acquire estates or landed properties in
your country on
behalf of the Director of Contracts and
Finance Allocations of the Federal
Ministry of Works and Housing in Nigeria.
Considering his very strategic and
influential position, he would want the
to be as strictly confidential as
possible. He further wants his identity
remain undisclosed at least for now,
untill the completion of the transaction.
Hence our desire to have an overseas
agent. I have th! erefore been directed
inquire if you would agree to act as our
overseas agent in order to actualize
this transaction.The deal, in brief, is
that the funds with which we intend to
carry out our proposed investments in
your country is presently in a coded
account at the Nigerian Apex Bank (i.e.
the Central Bank of
Nigeria) and we need your assistance to
transfer the funds to your country in a
convenient bank account that will be
provided by you before we can put the
into use in your country.
For this, you shall be considered to have
executed a contract for the Federal
Ministry of Works and Housing in Nigeria
which payment should be effected to you
by the Ministry, The contract sum
of which shall run into US$17.4 Million,
out of which your share shall be
20% if you agree to be our overseas
agent.As soon as payment is effected,
and the amount mentioned above is
successfully transferred in! to your
we intend to use our own share in
acquiring some estates abroad. For this
you shall also serve as our agent. In the
light of this, I would like you to
forward to me the following information:
1.Your company name and address if any
2.Your personal fax number
3.Your personal telephone number for easy
You are requested to communicate your
acceptance of this proposal through my abovestated private
emailaddress:firstname.lastname@example.org after which we shall discuss in details the
modalities for seeing this transaction through.
Your quick response will be highly
Thank you in anticipation of your
DR. GEORGE BABS. ( Mnse, JP.)