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Fraud email example:
From: "mrbenson lawal" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 03:51:51 +0000
Subject: YOUR URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED WITH TRUST/GOOD PARTNER
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com
Attention :Good Partner
It is with trust and confidence that I make this urgent and important
business proposal to you. I am a senior accountant with the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) here in Lagos -Nigeria. I have been
Assigned by my colleagues to seek for a foreign partner for the transfer of
the sum of US$30,500,000.00 (Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United
State Dollars) for the benefit of both of us. This money arose from
deliberate over invoicing of contracts awarded by my Corporation in 2000.
We have been safeguarding this money since then, awaiting an appropriate
time when the money can be transferred into a safe foreign account for safe
keeping pending our arrival for sharing and utilization with owner of the
account. Now, the Presidency have ordered that All debts owed Foreign
Contractors by the Government should be paid immediately. On the strength of
this order, we wish to take advantage of it to present you or your company
as one of the contractors being owed by the government as the contractor of
this contract fund with our Corporation*NNPC*.
Meanwhile, we have agreed that the money will be shared thus: 70% will be
for me and my colleagues.
20% will be for you for providing the necessary assistance for the
successful payment of this fund to you as a contractor for the benefit of
both of us.
While the remaining 10% has been mapped out for incidetal expenses that
might be incurred throughout the transaction.
Note that the nature of your business is irrelevant to this transaction as
all arrangements have been concluded for a successful and hitch-free
Also note that this money is still in the suspense account of our
Corporation (NNPC) with the Central bank of Nigeria, awaiting for payment to
Therefore you will required to provede to me urgently the important
information as i stated below to enable us put claims and invoice the
payment on your favour a a Contractor/Beneficiary of the contract fund for
immediate payment to you by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
1. Your full name and address, Private Telephone,Mobile and Fax numbers.
2. Name of your company and address, telephone and fax numbers"if any".
3. Name of your bank and address, telephone and fax numbers.
4 (A)Your Account Number.
(B)Telex/Swfit Code Numbers"if any"
Note that we have taken measures to ensure that there is no risk involved on
both parties. We have estimated that this transaction will be concluded
within 14 working days upon receipt of your acceptance to this my proposal
Please reach me immediately through my private e-mail address above and
signifying your Interest in the business. Note that this transaction
required the atmost confidential and urgent.
Further details will be explain to you if you do not understand me as soon
as I receive your acceptance mail on my proposal businees letter to you for
the immediate payment of the fund to you as a contractor for the benefits of
both of us.
Mr. Benson Lawal