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Fraud email example:
From: "Dr.Kingsley Abu" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:58:31 +0000
Gulf Bank Nigeria Plc.
44, Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL OF 25.3 MILLION U.S.DOLLARS
I am Dr.Kingsley Abu the managing director of Gulf Bank Of Nigeria Plc,the
banker to the late head of state of Nigeria who died on June 8th 1998 under
I got your contact through commercial department of your country's embassy
in my search for a reliable and trustworthily person to handle this
top-secret transaction. You must therefore keep this transaction a VERY TOP
THE SOURCE OF THE FUND
The late dictator General Sanni Abacha deposited the sum of $25.3 million
U.S. Dollars in his private account means which I am the managing
director,but with serious conferment in me that I would never reveal this to
anybody apart from his wife Mrs. Maryam Abacha, which he got as an over
invoice from the Ajaokuta Steel Mill the proposal largest steel Mill in
The contract was awarded to a Russian firm, but after his mysterious
death,the new military government that emerged then set-up a commission of
enquiries into all contracts awarded by the late dictator, but could not
complete their mission due to the emergence of a democratic government
headed by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the president of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria,who vowed to continue with the predecessor commitment by setting
up commission of enquiries to track down the account of the late dictator
both in Nigeria and overseas, through different ways by media and other
means. In this cause I have declared $800 million United states Dollars to
the Federal Government of Nigeria as the family have no knowledge of the
total amount deposited in my bank.While I have transferred the balance of
$25.3 million U.S. Dollars to a subsidiary of Gulf Bank Plc. With the
knowledge of three senior officers of the bank. But we cannot lay claims to
this fund due to our position in the bank. We therefore solicit your
assistance in transferring this amount to your private or company account,
as this transaction is risk free with our involvement.
We thereby agreed to compensate you with 25% of the total sum while 75%
would be shared among us, the officials. The said amount was transferred to
SECURITY VAULT & FINANCE COMPANY IN ABROAD through diplomatic immunities
granted to banks in Nigeria and coded for security reasons to avoid a
re-occurrence of a past incident in London in which 1.6 Billion Pounds
Sterling belonging to the late dictator was siezed.
If you have any positive response toward my proposal, please contact me
without delay on the above e-mail address.
I look forward to your earliest response