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Fraud email example:
From: "PROF CHARLES SOLUDO" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 14:01:10 +0000
Subject: ATTENTION HONORABLE CONTRACTOR
ATTENTION HONORABLE CONTRACTOR ,
IMMEDIATE CONTRACT PAYMENT.CONTRACT #:MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009.
From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the federal
government of Nigeria your name 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$32.7 million
dollars(Thirty two million seven hundred thousand united states dollars).
Please re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in your record
and also re-confirm to me the followings
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) company name,position and address.
4)profession, age and marital status.
As soon as this informations are received, your payment will be made to you
in a certified bank draft or wire telegraphic transfer( TT) from central
bank Telex Departement of Nigeria and a copy will be given to you for you to
take to your bank and confirm it.
You must call me on my direct number as soon as you receive this letter for
a serious discussion with me and also get back to me on this e-mail
PROF CHARLES SOLUDO.
234 1 472 9342
Central Bank Of Nigeria.