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Fraud email example:
From: "charles Soludo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 19:22:19 +0000
Subject: CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
OUR REFF: NNPC/PED/01/09
CONTRACT PAYMENT NOTIFICATION: CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009.
Attn: Honorable Contractor,
From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the federal
government of Nigeria your name and company was discovered as next on the
list of the outstanding contractors who have not received their payments.
I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be
released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from
my record in my file your outstanding contract payment is US$18.7 million
dollars (eighteen million seven hundred Thousand United States dollars).
Please re-confirm to me if this is in line with what you have in your Record
and also re-confirm to me the followings
1) Your full name.
2) Phone/fax numbers.
3) Company name, position and address.
5) Copy of your international passport.
As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you in
a certified bank draft from central bank of Nigeria and a copy will be given
to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it.
You must get back to me immediately.
PROF CHARLES SOLUDO.
Executive Governor, Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN)