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Fraud email example:
From: "Barry Mattins" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005 15:52:39 -0400
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION.
PARTNERSHIP BUSINESS PROPOSAL
Having consulted with my colleagues and based on the
information gathered from the From my resarch, I have
the privilege to request your assistance to transfer
the sum of $35,500,000.00 (thirty five million, five
hundred thousand United States dollars) into your
company accounts or priavte account. The above sum
resulted from an over-invoiced contract, executed,
commissioned and paid for about few years back by a
foreign contractor. This action was however
intentional and since then the fund has been in a
suspense account at The Central Bank Of Nigeria Apex
We are now ready to transfer the fund overseas and
that is where you come in. It is important to inform
you that as civil servants, we are forbidden to
operate a foreign account; that is why we require your
assistance. The total sum will be shared as follows:
70% for us, 25% for you and 5% for local and
international expenses incidental to the transfer.
The transfer is risk free on both sides. I am one of
the finacial controllers with the NIGERIA NATIONAL
PETROLEUM CO-PERATION (NNPC) . If you find this
proposal acceptable, we shall require the following
(a) your banker's name, telephone, account and fax
(b) your private telephone and fax numbers for
confidentiality and easy communication.
(c) copy of your int'l passport or driver licence
Alternatively we will furnish you with more details as
soon as we hear from you. The business will take us
fortheen (14) working days to accomplish.
Please reply urgently.
Dr Barry Mattins